Could your mouth be trying to tell you that something is wrong?
Gum disease affects more people than you might actually realize. Untreated gum disease is actually one of the leading causes of tooth loss. If you value your oral health and want to protect your smile then you need to turn to our Lansing, MI, dentists, Dr. Michael Hutcheson and Dr. Laura Dyras if you notice any of these telltale warning signs that gum disease might be brewing:
- Gum tenderness
- Bleeding of the gums (often when brushing, flossing or eating)
- Puffy, inflamed gums
- Pain or discomfort when chewing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gums (teeth that appear longer)
- Loose teeth (this occurs in later stages of gum disease)
- Persistent bad breath
Since these symptoms can be indicative of other dental problems as well, it’s important that you turn to our Lansing general dentist at the first sign of trouble. The sooner we catch gum disease the better. In fact, gum disease in its earliest form (known as gingivitis) can even be reversed, which is why it’s important that even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms that you continue to come in twice a year for professional cleanings and dental exams.
If you suspect that you might have gum disease, you’ll come into our office where we will do a comprehensive exam of your teeth and gums and then use a tool that will help measure the gums for any pockets of infection that have developed. Based on the depth of the pockets we can determine whether you are dealing with gum disease or not. Depending on the extent of your gum disease, we may also take x-rays to check for bone loss.
Luckily, gum disease can be managed if you seek treatment right away. While gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss, tooth loss doesn’t have to happen to you if you are diligent about visiting our dentists when a problem arises.
Scaling and root planing is the most popular way to treat gum disease and it involves removing plaque and tartar buildup, as well as bacteria within the gums. This procedure is a great way to deep clean under the gums and around the tooth roots to restore gums to a firmer, healthier state.
Dyras Dental in Lansing, MI, is here to provide you with the dental care you need, whether it’s preventive, cosmetic or restorative. Don’t let dental problems fall by the wayside. Turn to us for the quality dental care you can trust.