Gum Health

Gingivitis

-Gingivitis is an inflammatory condition of the gum tissue caused by the buildup of bacteria on the teeth. It is an early form of gum disease that has not progressed to the point of tissue or bone loss.

-When plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth, the bacteria within it begins to cause redness, irritation, and swelling of the gum tissue. Since gingivitis rarely causes pain, most patients do not even know when they have it.

-Additional symptoms can also include sensitivity and tenderness of the gum tissue, and slight bleeding when brushing, flossing, or probing during an examination. You may notice your toothbrush or floss having a slight pinkish tone to them after use.

-If left untreated Gingivitis will progress and further complications can arise. It is important to consult with Dr Dyras or Hutcheson on the best course of action to halt the disease progression.

Periodontitis

-Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that causes damage to the gums and bone that can eventually jeopardize the health of your teeth.

-Healthy gums are typically pink in color. Some symptoms of periodontitis can include red, swollen gums, gums that recede from the teeth, loose teeth, and bad breath. In some cases, the infection may be deep below the surface and may appear to have few external symptoms.

-If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to significant gum recession and bone loss, which can then cause tooth loss and serious health problems -- including increased risk of heart disease.

-Periodontitis is a disease, but its effects can be stopped and reversed with proper treatment. Once our hygiene team has restored your mouth to a healthy state, further complications can be prevented with regular dental appointments and proper home care.

Gum Recession

-Gum recession is a progressive dental condition where the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, exposing more of the teeth and potentially the roots as well. It develops slowly over time, so many people do not notice until it is identified by a dental professional.

-There are a variety of factors that can cause gum recession. A common cause of this is gingivitis, characterized by the buildup of hard calculus and bacterial deposits beneath the gumline that slowly detach and erode gum tissue.

-Additionally, improper tooth brushing and flossing can contribute to the recession. Too much force being applied and incorrect technique can wear the gum tissue away, potentially exposing the roots and making the teeth susceptible to damage. Genetics and hormonal changes can also add to your risk.

-It is important to address issues of gum recession early to minimize the damage it can cause to your teeth and gums. Once the roots are exposed the damage to the underlying structure accelerates. If left untreated this condition could cause the loss of the affected teeth. Dr Dyras or Hutcheson will work with you to develop a treatment plan that best suits your unique needs.

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