• February 15, 2019

Try NOT to imagine this …

You are dining out with some friends when you notice something unexpected. When you took your last bite, it felt like one of your teeth moved. You excuse yourself and head to the nearest restroom.

As you walk, you push your tongue against your tooth. It’s definitely wiggling. When you get inside, you take a look in the mirror, and you see something else. Your gums are bleeding! That’s not good.

It’s also when you notice another issue. Your breath is pretty bad, but that’s just because of what you’ve been eating, right?

It’s possible those symptoms are unrelated to one another. It’s also possible you could have advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Now, it’s unlikely that all your symptoms at the same time in the way we described above. But you should know, that our team at Brandon Family Dental wants to help you avoid them whenever possible.

This is Gum Disease Awareness Month, which makes it a good time to discuss what you can do to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be. Call 248-469-0218 today to schedule your next appointment with us.

Focus On Preventive Care First

The best way to deal with periodontal problems is to take steps to prevent it from developing. Even if you do show some signs of gingivitis (early gum disease), you often can reverse those effects on your own.

The easiest way to do this is to follow the recommendations of the American Dental Association. You probably already know what they are — brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for regular checkups.

As a reminder, brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes at a time. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, clean your teeth on all sides and scrub your tongue. To floss, be sure to clean between your teeth and gums once per day. You can use dental floss, flossers, or a water flosser to do this. This is needed to clean the spaces that your toothbrush can’t reach.

It’s worth mentioning that surveys show that less than half of all Americans actually do floss daily and that 1 in 5 people never flosses. It might be a coincidence (but then again it might not) that nearly half of adults (30 years and older) have some form of periodontitis.

Even if you do brush and floss as you should, you should still get professional cleanings regularly. While it’s not fair, you may be more prone to gum disease than other people because of genetics, other health issues (like having diabetes), or other factors in your life.

By visiting us, we can look for signs and symptoms in the early stages, when gum infections are easier to treat.

Taking Care Of Infected Gums

If you do develop periodontal disease, please don’t be embarrassed. Our team is here to help you get your mouth back in shape. We offer a range of services that can help, depending on the specifics of your situation.

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth and helps your gums reattach. Using the PerioLase, we can remove infected tissue while preserving more of your healthy tissue compared to gum surgery.

We also offer Arestin, an antibiotic that can reduce your risk of reinfection. If needed, we also offer antibacterial rinses, which can help you treat the bad breath that can come with chronic gum disease.

Save Your Gums & Your Smile

In the United States, gum disease is the top factor in tooth loss. Don’t let it rob you of your smile. Visit Brandon Family Dental for treatment or preventive care soon. Contact our office in Ortonville by calling 248-469-0218 or filling out our online form.