Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment Ann Arbor DentistsThe gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for your smile. These structures combined are also called the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. If you notice gum tissue that is red, bleeds easily, or pulls away from the tooth, our Ann Arbor dentists can help.

Stages of Gum Disease

When gum inflammation has just begun to set in, it’s known as gingivitis. This is a precursor stage to gum disease and it is reversible with diligent oral care. Typically, if a patient is thorough with brushing, flossing, and regular teeth cleanings, gingivitis will not progress.

If left untreated, however, gingivitis will turn into periodontitis. This is what we know as gum disease and at this stage, it is no longer reversible. The condition can only be managed at home and in our Ann Arbor dental office with a procedure called scaling and root planing.

Periodontitis is a chronic, long-term condition and if not treated properly, can lead to tooth loss.

Common symptoms of gum disease involve:

  • Gums that bleed when brushing teeth
  • Red, swollen, or inflamed gums
  • Bad breath or a constant bad taste in your mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Teeth that are loose or shift easily
  • Development of deep pockets between teeth and gums

How You Can Prevent Gum Disease

To avoid the onset of gum disease, or even early gingivitis for that matter, it’s important you stick to an oral hygiene routine. That means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once daily. The use of an ADA approved mouthwash is also recommended.

Make sure that along with your soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and floss, that you also visit our dentists for a cleaning every six months. We can then remove any plaque or tartar that you may have missed on your own and prevent gum disease altogether.

Keep Your Gums Happy

Every patient has the tools to prevent gum disease. It just takes dedication and close attention. If it does happen, however, our dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, are here to help you manage the condition and improve your oral health. Call Liberty Dental today at (734) 994-0909 to request an appointment.