Periodontics deals with treatments relating to the gums, jawbone and tissues that help keep your teeth in place.
George Dental professionals are specially trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of gum-related disorders. We treat conditions such as gingivitis, receding gums and even more advanced cases of periodontal disease called periodontitis.
Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Since the signs and symptoms of gum disease are subtle and can go unnoticed by our guests, early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent premature tooth loss.
During each dental exam, the George Dental team will examine the health of your teeth, gums and supporting tissues. Guests requiring advanced gum or jawbone treatments may be referred to a periodontist – a dentist specializing in these types of treatments.
Signs and Indications of Periodontal Gum Disease
Healthy gums are pink and firm. If you experience any of the symptoms below, you may have a periodontal condition. Alert our office if you experience any of these warning signs of gum disease:
- Constant bad breath
- Swollen gums
- Red gums
- Extremely tender gums
- Gums that bleed
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Causes of Periodontal Disease
There are many factors that can increase your risk of gum disease including hormonal changes, diabetes, illnesses, medication, and genetics. In addition, tobacco can be a cause of gum disease because the chemicals in cigarettes and chewing tobacco can cause bacteria to grow under the gums and around the teeth. For these and other health concerns, George Dental recommends you not use tobacco products.
Prevention of Gum Disease
To reduce your risk of gum disease, our office recommends you follow these guidelines:
Brush and Floss Daily – One of the best ways to reduce your risk of gum disease is to brush and floss daily. Proper care of your teeth includes brushing your teeth two times per day for two minutes. Floss in between teeth each day or use a water pick.
Eat a Balanced Diet – A healthy diet helps to support your teeth, gums and overall health. Look for foods that are rich in Vitamin C to promote gum health such as citrus fruits, bell peppers, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cantaloupe.
Monitor Your Gum Health – Watch for any changes in your teeth and gums at home and alert George Dental to any worrisome changes. The American Dental Association recommends watching for these warning signs of gum disease: bleeding gums during brushing or flossing; red, swollen or tender gums, persistent bad breath; loose or separating teeth; gums that have pulled away from teeth; pus between teeth and gums; changes in the fit of dentures.
Schedule an Exam and Cleaning Every 6 Months – Visit our office every six months for a professional hygiene appointment and dental exam.
Don’t Use Tobacco – Do not smoke. If you do smoke, attempt to stop or seek help to quit successfully.
Treatment for Gum Disease
It is important to identify and treat gum disease immediately. Bacteria and inflammation from periodontitis, or gum disease, is thought to be the culprit in connection with cases of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. While researchers debate the causes and effects, the links seem clear. Treatments for gum disease may vary from at-home prescription rinses to advanced cleanings to surgical intervention.
Contact our Eagan or Apple Valley, MN Dentist Office for Periodontics and Gum Disease Treatments
With simple care, your risk for gum disease can be reduced. At George Dental, we focus on helping keep your oral health in terrific shape for a lifetime. From our dental office conveniently located in Eagan and Apple Valley, MN, only minutes from St. Paul and Minneapolis, periodontics and gum disease treatments are available to the entire Twin Cities metro area.