Gum Disease

Gum Disease | Yorktown Dental Spa

Gum disease is a chronic condition caused by a bacterial infection and dental decay. Please continue reading for a discussion of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of gum disease at Yorktown Dental Spa.

Gum Disease

Gum Disease is an extremely common dental condition in which your teeth and gums get infected by bacteria, which leads to dental decay and issues like bad breath, toothaches, bleeding gums, and gum recession. This is a chronic issue that gets worse over time so you must treat it promptly.

At Yorktown Dental Spa, we identify the root cause of gum disease and treat it effectively to restore your and your family’s oral health. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of gum disease at Yorktown Dental Spa.

Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease may happen because of a variety of factors such as your diet, poor oral hygiene, or refusal to go for dental cleaning sessions. However, the common denominator here is that all of these factors lead to the accumulation of bacteria, which directly leads to gum disease.

No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth regularly, you can never get rid of all the microparticles of food stuck between your teeth and under the gum line. These accumulated food particles may eventually turn into a white sticky substance called plaque, which will harden into a substance called tartar. The accumulation of plaque and tartar leads to bacterial infection, which eventually leads to gum disease.

Initially, the bacterial infection will only affect the surface of your gums and teeth. It will affect your enamel and dentin layers, which will lead to the formation of cavities. However, as it continues spreading, it will affect your pulp chamber, which will necessitate a root canal. It will also deepen the pockets of space between your gums and teeth, which will lead to a rapid progression of gum disease and periodontitis.

Prevention is generally better than cure. You can prevent gum disease from occurring by going for regular deep dental cleaning sessions. During these sessions, the dentist will use a special tool to remove all of the accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, which will prevent a bacterial infection from occurring. 

Symptoms of Gum Disease

These are the primary symptoms of gum disease:

  • Inflamed and reddened gums.
  • Sensitive gums that bleed frequently, especially while brushing.
  • Persistent bad breath, even after you brush your teeth. This is an indication that the bacteria in your mouth are releasing toxins after consuming the plaque and tartar.
  • Gum recession caused by the bacteria depending on the spaces between your gums and teeth.
  • Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
  • Thinning enamel.
  • Formation of cavities.

Treatment of Gum Disease

The following are the steps involved in gum disease treatment:

  • During the initial consultation, the dentist will visually inspect your teeth and run a digital x-ray to identify the spread of gum disease.
  • The dentist will remove all of the accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth using a scaler device.
  • If you have periodontitis and are suffering from gum recession, the dentist will remove the plaque and tartar from your gum line and smoothen the tooth’s root. Over time, your gums will naturally heat and tighten around your tooth again.
  • The dentist will brush and floss your teeth again to make sure all traces of plaque and tartar are removed.
  • You’ll rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to get rid of the bacteria.

Stages of Gum Disease

  • Gingivitis

    Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease when it’s easiest to treat. Gingivitis can be identified as minor inflammation of your gums, reddened and sensitive gums, with a small risk of bleeding as well. At this stage, the bacteria has only infected the surface of your gums and teeth so they can be removed with non-invasive procedures. 

  • Periodontitis

    Periodontitis is advanced gum disease, i.e., the stage when the bacterial infection leads to the formation of deep pockets of space between your gums and teeth, thus leading to gum recession. In this case, the infection has gone deep into your bone structure and roots of your tooth. If you don’t treat periodontitis soon, you may even lose your tooth or need complex procedures like a root canal or osseous surgery.

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Gum Disease Q&A

Can children get gum disease?

Children are highly likely to get gum disease because they’re generally not diligent with their oral hygiene. They’re also more likely to indulge in sweets and candies that can lead to bacterial infection and dental decay. That’s why it’s crucial to take children for regular dental cleaning appointments so they may avoid gum disease.

Is gum disease contagious?

Gum disease is caused by an inflammatory reaction to the presence of bacteria so it’s not communicable or contagious. However, while gum disease can’t be spread to other people, the bacteria causing gum disease can be spread through saliva. That’s why you should avoid sharing utensils and food with people who have gum disease.

How to prevent gum disease?

You can prevent gum disease with proper oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth regularly.
  • Floss carefully and remove all food particles stuck between your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Go for regular deep dental cleaning appointments.

Schedule your Gum Disease Treatment

At Yorktown Dental Spa, we look for signs of gum disease and carefully evaluate the condition of your teeth before providing gum disease treatments. We also provide regular dental cleaning so you can avoid gum disease altogether. For more information, please schedule your gum disease treatment today.

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