No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth, bacteria can still thrive in your gums. When undiagnosed and untreated, these bacteria can lead to bad breath, irritated gums, and even tooth loss. While gum disease is preventable, dentists have the training and technology needed to fully treat this gum disease.
Bacteria often live in the gums near the teeth, which is why examining your gums is the best way to identify any infection or disease. The most common signs of gum disease include redness, soreness, tenderness, or bleeding of the gums. Bad breath and loose teeth can also indicate gum disease, but sometimes there are no symptoms at all. That’s why we offer a thorough exam to identify such dental health issues before they become serious.
Gum disease has far wider health implications than just sore, bleeding gums and loose teeth. Because the bacteria creating the problem can get into your bloodstream, they can spread throughout your body. What starts as simple bleeding when you brush can get worse and contribute to heart problems, diabetes, joint pain, and even strokes. While these are unusual, they are definitely linked to untreated gum disease. You don’t need to be a dentist to realize unchecked bacterial growth in your body is a bad thing, but it does take a dentist to accurately treat it.
The most common treatment for gum disease is scaling and root planing. Both are nonsurgical, deep-cleaning procedures that remove pockets of bacteria, plaque, and other buildup from the teeth, especially just below the gums where bacteria often hide. Once the buildup is removed, your gums can heal and return to their normal, healthy state with very little aftercare.
If you are experiencing chronic bad breath and are not sure why, please consider contacting our office to schedule an examination. Gum disease may be the culprit. Bacteria builds up in the mouth, causing inflammation and an unpleasant odor. Let us help get rid of your bad breath and restore your oral health once and for all!
If you have some of the signs of gum disease, or you would like to know more about how to treat and prevent it, please contact our office at (484) 403-0099 or fill out our short online form. A member of our staff will be happy to help find a date and time that works with your schedule. Gums are an important part of your smile, and we are Thomas R. Lambert DMD.