There’s much more to dentistry than just your teeth. Of course, teeth are a big focus for dentists. But your teeth are surrounded by your gums, so whatever affects the gums can also affect your teeth. When your gums start to get red, tender, or swollen, this could be a sign of periodontal disease. Beyond how bad it can look, periodontal disease can cause discomfort and eventually make your teeth loose or even fall out. There’s no need to suffer from red and swollen gums when our Aventura, FL dental office has several treatments that can help.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
When food particles are left in your mouth, bacteria feast and grow. When these bacteria are on your teeth, they can leave behind plaque and tartar, and cause tooth decay. But when the bacteria are on your gums, this is the beginning of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the early stage of this disease and is easier to treat. But if gingivitis is ignored for too long, the bacteria can infect below the gumline, causing a condition known as periodontitis.
Early symptoms of periodontal disease include gums that are red, tender, or swollen. Bleeding after brushing and flossing is usually a sign of the disease, too. In advanced cases of periodontitis, the gums can start to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can thrive. This is why your teeth can be in danger of falling out. Such pockets expose the roots of the teeth, which can lead to irreversible damage.
The best treatment for red and swollen gums is regular visits to our office. Cleanings and exams twice a year can help remove plaque and tartar, as well as give Dr. Bistritz the chance to look for periodontal disease before it gets bad. If plaque and tartar have built up, he can perform a nonsurgical deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the gums are gently moved just enough to expose the roots temporarily, allowing Dr. Bistritz to clean away any bacteria that might have gotten down there.
If pockets have formed near the teeth, Dr. Bistritz can help kill the bacteria there with ARESTIN®, an antibiotic that is inserted into those pockets. ARESTIN® lasts for weeks to prevent bacteria from moving back in. Dr. Bistritz can also offer gum recession treatments to return the gums to a healthier state.
Red, swollen, or bleeding gums is not something you just have to tolerate. Although it can be a sign of a serious problem, we have treatments that can help prevent periodontal disease and return your gums to their natural, healthy state. To schedule a consultation to discuss how we can help keep your gums healthy, give us a call today at 786-681-1127 or use our online form.
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