Hello, South Bend! In this blog post, we will be discussing gum disease! I know that gum disease is not a very pleasant topic, but it is a topic that you need to know about. Most Americans are affected by gum disease at some point in their lives — it’s THAT common. The bigger issue is that they don’t even know they have it (until they are diagnosed by a dental health care professional). Many people are living with gum disease right now, and it’s destroying their oral health. The team at Tulip Tree Dental Care wants to help you get the facts — so you can act — before it’s too late.
Gum disease is a common affliction caused by the buildup of bacteria in the mouth. This typically stems from inadequate dental hygiene, but it is sometimes more complicated than not brushing your teeth properly. If you have overcrowding issues, don’t consume a balanced diet, or don’t visit a dental office regularly for cleanings and exams, then you are certainly at risk. Let’s talk about a few things that cause gum disease and how we can treat it right here in our office.
Improper Hygiene Habits
If you aren’t brushing twice per day and flossing at least once, you aren’t following the recommended home hygiene routine and are at serious risk for gum disease. However, even if you do brush and floss like you are supposed to, you may still be missing harmful bacteria. Our team recommends using a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles — this type of brush should allow you to reach all areas of your mouth thoroughly. In addition, the type of floss you use is unimportant, as long as you are adequately flossing between every tooth.
Flossing and brushing adequately may not be possible if you have even mild overcrowding issues. If your teeth are too close together, you may not even be able to get a piece of floss in between them! When your teeth don’t have enough room, it may become very difficult to ensure that you’ve reached every nook and cranny of your mouth when brushing.
Overcrowding creates more places for bacteria to hide. Fortunately, we offer alignment therapy for both children and adults right here at our South Bend, IN dental office. Talk to our team about what we can do to help you.
Nutrition also plays a major role in oral health. If you are not eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, your risk for a number of diseases is increased — including gum disease. When you choose sugary foods, you are feeding the bacteria in your mouth. Avoid sugary snacks and choose healthy foods to maintain good overall and oral health.
Lack Of Professional Care
You may certainly be at risk for gum disease if you are not seeing a dental health care provider on a regular basis (once every six months). Not only are you not receiving your professional cleanings (which removes the buildup that cannot be removed at home), but you also aren’t being regularly examined, either. The scary thing about gum disease is that it sometimes doesn’t produce symptoms until its advanced stages. That means that only a dental health care professional can diagnose early stage gum disease. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may be living with gum disease and not even know it.
What We Can Do
Fortunately, our team offers the expertise necessary to treat mild to moderate cases of gum disease. We use a deep cleaning process called scaling and root planing to remove any buildup from underneath the gumline. This can effectively eradicate your infection and help restore your oral health. However, if your case is very severe, we may recommend you to a periodontist for surgery.
Make An Appointment
We want to help you avoid the consequences of gum disease — pain, discomfort, bad breath, tooth loss, and more. If you think you may be suffering from gum disease or if you haven’t visited the dentist in a while, give us a call at 574-208-5668. We will be happy to help you!