Gum Disease Treatment
Diagnose And Treat Periodontal Disease In Midlothian VA
Are your gums a red and swollen and pulling away from your teeth. Do you have bad breath that simply won’t go away? Have you noticed a change in your bite?
If so, you may be suffering from periodontitis or gingivitis, both serious types of gum disease that affect the gum and bones in your mouth. Periodontitis is the more severe of the two diseases, and is fortunately less common than gingivitis. Both can have lasting effects on your oral health.
At White & White near Richmond and Bon Air, you can get professional periodontal disease treatment. Most periodontal disease treatment options are non-invasive and will not require any type of surgery or expensive procedures.
Periodontitis is a type of gum disease that causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, leaving deep pockets where bacteria grow and damage bones that support your teeth. Periodontitis also causes gums to recede from teeth, making them look longer. Worse yet, periodontitis may loosen teeth, causing them to fall out or have to be pulled out.
Gingivitis is a less severe form of gum disease but it can cause chronic bad breath and lead to tooth loss. In most cases, gingivitis causes gums to swell, bleed and breath to turn foul. Gingivitis doesn’t produce pain so many people simply ignore this irritating malady. However, doing so can have negative effects on your oral health. It can lead to periodontitis and tooth loss. If you think you may have gingivitis, schedule an oral health exam at White & White. Regular routine general dentistry exams always include a screening for gum disease, so if you come to Dr. White and Dr. Han’s office once every six months, you can be assured that gum disease won’t sneak up on you.
Plaque and Gum Disease
Your mouth constantly makes a clear, sticky substance called plaque. Plaque is dangerous because it serves as a breeding ground for bacteria that manufacture toxins that irritate the gums. If you don’t remove plaque from your teeth, toxins spread below gums and damage bones that support your teeth. With time, plaque will harden into tartar, which can be removed by Drs. Scott White, Pranee White, and John Han and our professional dental hygienists.
Do I have Gum Disease?
It isn’t hard to determine whether or not you have periodontitis or gingivitis. The differences between the two are easily decipherable. Consider first that healthy gums are pink and firm. They fit snugly around the teeth and do not bleed easily. In comparison, gums affected by gingivitis are red, swollen, tender, and bleed easily during brushing or flossing. Conversely, gums affected by periodontitis cause gums to pull away or shrink from the teeth. You’ll have bad breath that won’t go away no matter how many mints you eat. Worse yet, pus often seeps from your sick gums, causing breath to smell, teeth to loosen and in drastic cases, even fall out.
Your chance of getting gum disease is higher if you have any of the following risk factors:
- If you do not brush and clean your teeth correctly
- Smoke or chew tobacco
- Are genetically susceptible to gum disease
- Have uncontrolled diabetes, AIDS or leukemia, suffer a high level of stress, or eat a diet low in nutrition
Start Your Gum Disease Treatment Today Near Richmond
If your gums show any of the signs or symptoms of periodontitis or gingivitis, call us immediately. Early gum disease treatment can help prevent permanent tooth loss and receding gums. We rely on OralDNA Lab testing (developed by Dr. Tom Nabors) to obtain precise data about your gum disease and oral HPV. This is a quick and easy saliva test, and is the most advanced in the industry. It allows us to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and more effective periodontal disease treatment options. Remember, the sooner you seek care, the sooner we can help you reverse the damage and prevent other serious oral health problems. Call our cosmetic dental practice today for a dental screening for gum disease in Midlothian, VA if you are in the Richmond area, including Bon Air.