Periodontal or gum disease is a pathological inflammatory condition of the gum and bone support (periodontal tissues) surrounding the teeth.
The two most common periodontal diseases are:
- Gingivitis – early gum disease and occurs when dental plaque builds up on teeth, particularly where the gum joins the tooth.
- Periodontitis – inflammation affecting the bone and tissues of the teeth.
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Things to Remember
- Gum disease affects most people at some stage in their life.
- Bleeding gums is one of the common signs of gum disease
- The two stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Careful cleaning can help prevent gum disease.
- Getting treatment early can help save teeth that are at risk from gum disease and other conditions – Swollen or bleeding gums or loose teeth have to be treated on time.
7 Tips to Maintain a Good Oral Health
- Eat a balanced healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and fish.
- Avoid saturated fats, read labels.
- Cut sugar.
- Brush your teeth and gums twice a day.
- Visit a dentist twice a year.
- Quit smoking.
1- Deep Cleaning – Scaling and Root Planing
If your gum disease is beyond gingivitis, the first step is a special deep cleaning called scaling (SCAY-ling) and root planing (PLAY-ning).
Scaling: Your dentist or hygienist removes plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket.
Root Planing: the root surfaces of your teeth are smoothed, or “planed”, to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth.
Your dentist or hygienist may recommend certain medicines to help control infection and discomfort or to aid healing. You may be given pills, a mouth rinse or they may place medication directly into the periodontal pocket after the treatment.
2- Periodontal Surgery
when scaling and root planning isn’t enough gum surgery may be needed.
By surgery, your dentist can remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas. Afterward, your gums will be stitched into place to tightly hug your teeth.gest advantage of this treatment is that it takes around six months. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment – which straightens all of your teeth and affects the way they bite together – takes around 12 to 18 months. Six Month Smiles treatment isn’t quicker because it’s moving your teeth faster; it’s quicker because it’s only straightening your front teeth.