Learn more about gum disease symptoms and treatments in Twin Falls

Periodontal disease is inflammation in the gums caused by bacteria in your mouth. It is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, and unfortunately, the early signs of it can be easy to miss. At Cress dental, we can educate you on gum disease symptoms and offer treatments for patients in the Twin Falls area.

Symptoms of gingivitis and gum disease

Your mouth makes the perfect habitat for pathogenic bacteria. Over time, these bacteria will form a layer of sticky plaque that will eventually harden into tartar. Plaque and tartar trap sugars and starch in place and help protect the bacteria from being washed away by saliva or brushing. As bacteria infest your gums, they will start to swell. Many patients with gingivitis deal with bad breath, even after brushing. You may notice bleeding after brushing, flossing, or eating certain foods.

Over time, bacteria can infect your gums deeper, destroying your gum tissues and causing them to pull away from your teeth. You may notice your gum line receding, lose teeth, or pain while you chew. If so, you need treatment right away. The damage is irreversible at this stage, but it can be managed, or you risk tooth loss and jaw infection, and you are at higher risk of health issues like heart disease.

Treating gum disease

If you catch gingivitis before it develops into periodontal disease, it’s not too late to reverse the problem. Dr. Cress will perform a deep cleaning, including scaling and root planing can remove plaque and tartar, as well as bacteria hiding below your gum line. Topical antibiotics can kill infections and get your oral health back on track. In advanced gum disease, Dr. Cress may need to remove damaged gum tissues to help reestablish a tight gum line and prevent further infection.

Of course, no matter what your treatment plan entails, you’ll need to maintain a rigorous routine to prevent infections from coming back. That also means making mindful choices, like limiting alcohol and sugar intake and quitting tobacco products. If you have symptoms of gum disease, don’t hesitate to seek treatment. Call today at (208) 544-4848 to schedule an appointment.

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