Often when dental patients think about improving the appearance or health of their mouth, they focus on their teeth. There’s no shortage of whitening products on the market and cosmetic treatments such as adult orthodontics and professional teeth whitening gain popularity all the time. However, teeth are not the only variable in the health of your mouth.
Your mouth is also made up of gums, bone, and tissue along with bacteria, tartar, and food particles. Keeping the gums, teeth, and tissue free from those miniscule particles of food and the plaque it can cause is key to keeping your mouth healthy. The first, and most effective, way to keep your mouth healthy is to be consistent about brushing and flossing. However, most patients have hard to reach spots – like between the molars all the way in the back of your mouth that are nearly impossible to reach at home. These spots are the perfect environment for gum disease to grow.
Periodontal disease is quite common. Also known as gum disease, it begins as gingivitis, causing gums to become swollen, red, or even bleed. While this stage of gum disease is reversible, if gingivitis is left untreated, pockets can begin to form between the gums and the teeth, which can lead to further complications. These complications include further damage to the gum, loss of bone, and decay of the tissue that support the teeth. If the gum disease is not treated, the teeth can become loose and need to be extracted.
It’s important to note that gum disease can not only be prevented with excellent at-home oral health care and regular dental visits, it can also be treated. If patients in the worcester area find themselves dealing with gum disease, they can turn to Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile for treatment. Several treatment methods may be offered, including deep cleaning, prescription medication, and surgery.
Deep cleaning is often the first step to treating gum disease. This procedure takes place in Dr. Levenson’s office where the dentist and his team use special instruments to remove pockets of plaque from above and below the gum line. Sometimes prescription medication or mouth rinse is also used to control bacteria or treat further gum infection. Finally, sometimes, oral surgery is needed to treat gum disease. This surgery involves lifting the gums away from the teeth to remove all of the infection. The gums are then sutured tightly to ensure that the infection remains clear.
The exact treatment plan for you will depend on your individual progression of gum disease. If you’ve noticed the early signs of gum disease, call Dr. Levenson’s office today to schedule an appointment. As with most dental problems, the earlier you seek treatment the easier your path to oral health will be.