The odds are you already have gingivitis (gum disease) but don’t know it.
More than 60% of people with gum disease don’t even know that they have it since early symptoms are very easy to miss.
This is the reason why we call it as a “silent” disease.
It’s only when the disease reaches a very advanced level would you notice a change to the gums as well as the oral cavity.
If you wait until you feel or see the symptoms, you are likely to increase the risk of serious oral health problems.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums which usually results from the bacterial infection.
If it goes untreated, it can lead to a more serious infection that we call as periodontitis.
Gingivitis and periodontitis are the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, as per the American Dental Association.
Dental infection can add up, with both your health as well as the sake of your wallet.
What Causes Gingivitis and Periodontitis?
Your gums actually attach to your teeth at a lower point than the edges of your gums that are apparent. This forms a small space that we call as sulcus.
Food and plaque is likely to get trapped in this space which can eventually lead to gingivitis or gum infection. Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that constantly forms on the surface of your teeth.
Moreover, as plaque continues to advance, it becomes hard and eventually forms tartar.
Furthermore, you can also develop an infection in case plaque leads below to your gum line. If left unchecked, gingivitis can also cause the gums to separate from your teeth.
This can also cause injury to your soft tissues as well as bones that support the teeth. Furthermore, the tooth may also become unstable or loose.
If infection still continues to progress, you may also ultimately lose your tooth or would be needing a dentist to remove it.
Risk Factors For Gingivitis
There are several risk factors that can lead to gingivitis as well periodontitis.
These mostly include:
- Crooked teeth
- Chewing tobacco
- Broken fillings
- Genetic factors
- Dental appliances that fit poorly
- Compromised immunity such as HIV/AIDS
- · Consuming certain medications (like oral contraceptives, anticonvulsants, steroids, chemotherapy as well as calcium channel blockers)
Symptoms of Gingivitis
Many people aren’t even aware that they have gum diseases.
Moreover, it’s also possible to have gum disease without even having any symptoms.
However, there can be several symptoms of gum disease which usually include:
- Red, tender or swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Bleeding gums on brushing and flossing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain while chewing
- Pus between teeth as well as your gums
- A change in how your teeth fit together specially when you bite
- Pain while chewing
- Partial dentures that no longer fit
- Foul-smelling breath that won’t go away specially after brush your teeth
This is the type of dental crown that generally matches the color of your teeth that usually sit next to the crown.
They look very natural. However, at times, the metal under the porcelain cap of your crown shows through as a very dark line.
Other cons also include the chances of the porcelain part of the crown to chip off or break.
This wear on your other teeth would specifically affect the teeth that would somehow come in contact with the crown on the top as well as bottom of your mouth when it’s closed.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be considered as one of the great choices for your front or the back teeth.
The other forms also include:
- All resin
- All-ceramic or all-porcelain
- Pressed ceramic
Metal crowns rarely chip off or break as well as last the longest. Moreover, they can also withstand chewing as well as biting forces
Diagnosis of Gum Disease
During a dental examination, your gums will be probed with a very small ruler. It also helps to measure any pockets around your teeth.
A normal depth is 1 to 3 millimeters usually. Moreover, your dental expert might also order X-rays in order to check for less bone.
Furthermore, you’ll be needing to discuss about all the risk factors with your dentist as well as your symptoms.
This can also help diagnosing your gingivitis.
For the purpose of treating the gingivitis, you will be referred to a periodontist who specializes in the treatment of gum diseases.
Treatment of Gingivitis
There are a number of medications that can also be used for treating gum diseases:
- Timed-released antiseptic mouthwash contains chlorehexidine that serves the purpose of disinfecting the mouth.
- Antiseptic mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine and can be used for the purpose of disinfecting the mouth.
- Oral antibiotics that can be used for treating persistent areas of the gum inflammation.
- Flap surgery is a procedure with the help of which your gums are lifted back while tartar as well as plaque is removed from the pockets that are deeper. Later on, the gums are then sutured back in their place so that they fit snugly around your tooth.
- Bone and tissue grafts can also be used when your teeth as well as jaw are too damaged to continue with healing.
Proper and regular care of oral hygiene can prevent gum disease. There are various steps which may also include:
· Visiting your dentist on regular basis
· Flossing your teeth on regular basis
· Brushing your teeth two times a day by using fluoride toothpaste
· Eating a balanced diet is important as well
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that periodonatal disease is associated with an increased risk for:
· heart disease
· lung disease
It also increases the risk of a woman giving birth to a premature or low birth weight infant.
Although gum disease is associated with these health conditions, it hasn’t been shown to cause them. More research is needed to determine the specifics of this association.
Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss as well as serious infections. However, there are cases where the infections can also spread to the nearby sites. There are indications that the dental infections can also lead to certain heart problems or can also exacerbate the symptoms of diabetes. However, it’s important to have your gum disease treated in a prompt manner by your periodontist.
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Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss as well as serious infections. However, there are cases where the infections can also spread to the nearby sites. There are indications that the dental infections can also lead to certain heart problems or can also exacerbate the symptoms of diabetes. However, it’s important to have your gum disease treated in a prompt manner by your periodontist
Your periodontist will first instruct you in good oral hygiene. In cases of mild gingivitis, improving your dental hygiene can actually reverse the condition and improve the health of your
gums. If the disease has progressed to periodontitis, treatments might include scaling and root planing, laser treatment, and various surgical treatments.
Having excellent oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly can help prevent gum disease. Quit smoking if you currently smoke. Let your dentist know what medications you are on because some drugs can cause gum inflammation. Finally, follow your dentist’s recommendations when it comes to keeping your gums and teeth healthy. Do you have any other question(s) we may not have addressed here? Give us a call at our official number and we’d be more than happy to talk to you.