Gum Treatment in Roanoke
Why Are Your Gums Important?
Healthy gums are a critical part of overall mouth health. Your gums are part of the supporting structures of your teeth known as the periodontal tissues. Periodontal tissues includes the gum and the bone which surrounds the teeth. When periodontal tissues develop inflammation, bone around the teeth is lost. This process, known as periodontal disease (aka gum disease) results in loss of support around the teeth. When left untreated, gum disease will lead to loose teeth and loss of teeth.
How do I know if I have gum disease (periodontal disease)?
When you see your dentist for an initial or routine exam, they will check your gums. In addition to a visual and tactile examination of the gums, we examine x-rays of the bone supporting your teeth. If signs of gum disease exist, we discuss our findings with you. In all but the most severe cases we can show you how the destruction of periodontal disease can be stopped and your teeth can last a lifetime. Some early signs of gum disease that you might detect at home are:
- gums that bleed on brushing or flossing -red, swollen or tender gums
- edges of gums that pull away from teeth -persistent bad breath
- loosening of a tooth or teeth
How do I protect against gum disease?
There are two essential actions which will prevent gum disease:
- Thorough daily mouth hygiene habits: brushing for at least two minutes two times per day and flossing (with correct technique) are essential.
- Regular professional dental cleanings with your dentist or hygienist. These should be scheduled on an interval recommended by your dentist, usually every six, four, or three months.
Learn more about gum disease on the American Dental Association webpage!