Gum disease affects almost half of the adult population in the United States.
A recent study… This text opens a new tab to the American Dental Association website… found 42% of adults 30 and over suffer from periodontitis and 7.8% have severe gum disease.
If you’ve been experiencing signs of gum disease, you may be wondering:
“Can gum disease be reversed?”
In this quick blog, you’ll learn the answer to that and more!
Can early gum infection be reversed?
Noticing the signs of gum disease early is one of the most crucial steps to prevent further damage to your oral health.
Yes, it’s possible to reverse early gum disease.
It needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible!
Keep reading to learn the signs and symptoms you should notify your dentist about immediately.
How do you know if you have gum disease?
Chances are, you may not know you have gum disease until it’s too late. That’s because it’s usually painless and develops slowly.
Bacteria is constantly forming on your teeth, especially after you eat. They create toxins that damage your oral health and quickly build up when you don’t clean your teeth properly.
There are two main types of gum disease, characterized by how far the infection has gone:
- Gingivitis (early stage)
- Periodontitis (severe)
In early stages of gum disease, you may experience:
- Sensitivity to touch
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Consistent bad breath
- Tartar build-up
In this stage, it’s possible to prevent gum disease from worsening.
Scaling and root planing is the first step in treating early gum disease:
- Scaling: Your dentist removes plaque and tartar build-up below your visible gum line.
- Root planing: The root surface of your teeth is smoothed out to help gum tissue reattach to your tooth.
After this deep cleaning, it’s essential to stay on top of your dental visits to not undo the cleaning!
Now, this is where it gets a bit harder.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease with more severe consequences.
Symptoms may include:
- Chronic bad breath
- Pus coming out of your gums
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Pain when eating
- Receding gum line, causing your teeth to look longer than normal
With periodontitis, you’ll need to see a periodontist and take immediate action.
Surgical intervention will reshape and regenerate new healthy bones and gums before it causes irreversible damage like tooth loss.
How do I prevent gum disease?
The best defense against gum disease is prevention.
Good at-home oral habits include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes a day (preferably after every meal, if possible)
- Flossing at least once a day
- Replacing toothbrushes once bristles become frayed (usually every 3-4 months)
- Using products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance… This text opens a new tab to the American Dental Association website…
And don’t forget:
Visit your dentist for routine cleanings and exams!
Looking to treat gum disease in Burke, VA?
Dr. Alex McMillan has more than 30 years of experience in restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. He uses the latest technology to ensure your periodontal treatment will be quicker and more efficient than ever before.
Ready to get your health back?
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