Gingivitis, Periodontal Disease, And Your Health
Welcome to another March edition of the Oregon City Family Dentistry blog!
We recently had a patient named Linda come in for a regular checkup. It had been a while since Linda had been here because she had a work conflict with her last appointment and time got away from her after that. Linda had noticed some tenderness and irritation around her gums, that she didn’t think was normal, but she also didn’t think it was any big deal. It turned out that Linda was right to be concerned because she actually had an early stage of gum disease.
Luckily, we were able to restore health to Linda’s mouth before anything awful went down. But not all cases of gum disease have happy endings. In fact, most of them do not.
That’s why we are going to use today’s blog post to explore this increasingly common condition that impacts the lives of millions of Americans each year.
Looking For Gum Disease In Oregon City
It isn’t always easy to see gum disease in action. The signs of gum disease will vary according to the level you are confronted with. It is safe to say that this condition can result in some swelling and bleeding at first and go downhill fast from there.
Gum disease, when it is just starting out, is known as gingivitis. This is what Linda was dealing with. Fortunately for her, with an aggressive treatment approach and a rigid at-home hygiene program, we were able to reverse the effects of her gingivitis. That’s the best case that we all hope for when dealing with gum disease.
Unfortunately, the condition all too often goes undetected until it has gone on for far too long. The more severe form of gum disease that unfolds is known as periodontitis, or periodontal disease. At this juncture, patients will have unbearable pain and will have developed infected pockets all around their gum-line.
Periodontitis, when left to its own devices, will almost certainly spread and lead to bone loss and even total tooth loss. That’s crazy, right?
The main thing to remember is that gum disease rarely stops at destroying your smile. Periodontal disease has actually been correlated with respiratory disease, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer.
Fighting Gum Disease In Oregon City
As your trusted partner for oral health, we offer aggressive treatments for dealing with gum disease. It’s true that the damage is not always reversible, but with proper home care and regular visits, we can at least keep your mouth healthy and prevent any future tooth loss.
Since plaque and bacteria can create the aforementioned periodontal pockets that greatly threaten your health, we need to take action as soon as we see signs of their presence.
That’s why our team provides scaling and root planing deep cleaning to remove any plaque and tartar from around and below the gumline. Since only about 60 percent of your tooth is above the gums, by offering deep cleanings, we can effectively clean the entire tooth and reduce the risk of the gum disease advancing on to cause more trouble.
Should you already have gum disease, we can also prescribe antibiotics for the infection. In these cases, we would encourage you to visit our office more often than usual, just until things get back on track, for checkups and cleanings.
Make Your Mouth Healthy And Clean Again!
Call us today at 503-917-0523 or contact us via the online form to schedule your next appointment at Oregon City Family Dentistry.
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