If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you may be part of the 47% of American adults over the age of 30 who have some form of periodontal disease. Instead of letting gum disease ruin your smile, fight back with the help of Dr. Fay Hu. At Fay Hu General Dentistry, located in Winter Park, Florida, Dr. Hu provides preventive treatments for periodontal disease. If you already have it, she offers treatment for your symptoms. To learn what Dr. Hu can do for you, call the office today. You can also schedule your initial consultation online.
Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease, starts as gingivitis. Gingivitis results when your gums become red, inflamed, and they may bleed when brushed or flossed.
When gingivitis progresses, it develops into periodontal disease, leading to chronic inflammation and infection. Your gums may recede, pulling away from your teeth, causing your teeth to loosen. You may lose bone mass, and your teeth may eventually fall out.
Other signs of periodontal disease include:
Everyone has bacteria in their mouths and when left there, it leads to inflammation of the gums. This bacteria forms plaque, a film that can coat your teeth.
When you don't regularly remove plaque through brushing, flossing, and professional teeth cleaning, it hardens and turns to calculus.
When plaque and calculus spread beneath the gum line, they’re more likely to impact the gums and lead to gingivitis and, eventually, periodontal disease.
In addition to improper oral hygiene, other factors can increase your risk of gum disease. Some of the most common include:
When it comes to periodontal disease, prevention is easier than treatment. To prevent gingivitis and gum disease, practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
Have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. If you have gingivitis or are at risk, Dr. Hu may recommend more frequent cleanings. Professional teeth cleanings reach beneath the gum line to remove build up you can’t reach at home and are necessary for good oral health.
If you have periodontal disease, you may need a more aggressive treatment. Dr. Hu may suggest a deep cleaning. Scaling and root planing occur when she scrapes and cleans your teeth below the gum line and on the roots.
Dr. Hu may prescribe a medication to treat infection and eliminate bacteria from your gums and teeth.
In severe cases, you may need oral surgery. Dr. Hu may recommend flap surgery to reduce the periodontal pocket or a bone and tissue graft to generate bone growth.
When sensitive, tender gums cause discomfort, don’t ignore it. Contact the professional team at Fay Hu General Dentistry. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book your initial consultation online now.