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While gum disease can be reversed in its early stages, the same can’t be said once it progresses into periodontal disease.
If you suspect you have gum disease, don’t waste any time scheduling an appointment with one of our dentists in Grand Rapids. At GR Family Dental, we can help protect your smile, even if you’ve already been diagnosed with periodontal disease.
Preventing Gum Disease
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Pain when chewing
- Tooth loss
What are the Main Causes of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by untreated plaque buildup on the surface of your teeth and gums. When the bacteria in plaque consumes sugar and starch left inside your mouth, it produces acid that erodes tooth enamel. You have a higher risk of gum disease if you neglect your oral health by not brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily.
You may also have a higher risk of gum disease if you don’t see one of our dentists every 6 months for a routine teeth cleaning and oral examination. During your preventive care appointment, our Grand Rapids dentists able to spot the early signs of gum disease so you have a better chance of being able to protect your oral health.
There are three factors that affect your prognosis for gum disease: (1) what you do at home, (2) what our dentists do for you, and (3) your genetics. Working with our dentists can help you control at least two of these three factors. When you first become our patient, we have you fill out a form regarding your medical and dental history so we can better serve your oral health needs. This is just one of the many ways we look out for our patients.
Can Gum Disease be Reversed?
Early gum disease (also called gingivitis) can be reversed by adopting good oral hygiene habits and seeing one of our dentists every 6 months for a teeth cleaning and examination. During your appointment, we’ll be able to remove plaque and tartar and monitor your oral health. However, it’s important that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily to keep plaque at bay.
Advanced gum disease (also called periodontal disease) cannot be reversed. However, our dentists are able to mitigate the damaging effects of periodontal disease through scaling and root planing. Periodontal treatment can help you avoid some of the more serious side effects, such as receding gums and tooth loss.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
People with periodontal disease tend to have deep gum pockets around teeth that get filled with plaque. During periodontal disease treatment, our dentists will be able to deep clean these pockets and smooth out your tooth roots. Not only does scaling and root planing remove plaque, but it also encourages receding gums to reattach to teeth.
GR Family Dental offers scaling and root planing to help patients mitigate the damaging effects of periodontal disease. To schedule your appointment with our gum disease treatment dentists in Grand Rapids, MI, call (616) 455-3020.