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Gum Disease Treatments in Chicago

When we think about oral health, we might overlook our gums from time to time. Many people unfortunately skip flossing. If you have ever gone to a dentist and been told that you don’t have cavities but your gums are showing signs that you need to floss more, it is important to take that seriously. Periodontitis or other gum diseases can cause serious problems including tooth loss and infections that impact your overall health. If you notice the early signs of gum disease, do not wait to see a dentist, schedule an appointment right away. For families in Chicago we provide gum disease treatments at our five dental offices throughout the Chicago area. 

 

Symptoms Of Gum Disease

One of the earliest symptoms in any gum disease is swelling around the gums. If your gums appear puffy especailly around where they meet the teeth, these are signs that your gums are infected with bacteria. If your gum line feels tender to the touch, is a darker red than usual, or you notice bleeding when you brush and floss, you should make a dental appointment as soon as you can to have it addressed. 

The same bacteria that causes gum disease also causes bad breath. While some bad breath can be explained away by what you recently ate (i.e. garlic), if you have bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away, this might be a sign that there is bacteria in your gums. Moreover, dental infections including abscessed teeth can cause both bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth. 

Another sign that your gums are infected or are starting to develop gum diseases is that your gums will begin to pull away from your teeth. You may notice that your teeth appear longer or that you are seeing more of the bottom of your teeth than you used to. This is a sign that your gums are starting to break down. 

Gum disease can eventually cause the supporting tissue for your teeth to break apart and lead to tooth loss. If you notice your teeth are starting to wiggle or they are moving in place or there is suddenly a gap between your teeth, this is a sign that you have gum disease or other decay impacting your oral health. 

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

Different treatments can help with gum disease. The earlier gum disease is caught the less invasive treatments tend to be. For example, the most common dental treatment for gum disease is a professional cleaning. This happens twice a year every year for dental patients that receive preventative care. During this cleaning your dentist uses special tools to scrape away plaque that contains bacteria that can cause gum disease. Additionally they will floss your teeth for you Other gum disease treatments including scaling and root planing. This treatment is done with a local anesthetic and involves removing plaque from above and below the gum line. 

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Preventing gum disease is similar to preventing cavities. First and foremost, see a dentist twice every single year. Not only do dental exams find problems early on and help reverse them, but cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup that cannot be removed with floss or a toothbrush. At home, make sure you follow your dentist’s advice. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and make sure to floss your teeth daily. Flossing and brushing are the best things you can do for your teeth at home. Finally, avoid substances that can lead to gum disease. For example, foods and beverages that are high in acidity or sugar can weaken your teeth and gums. Tobacco products can also seriously put your oral health at risk. 

 

Restorative Dental Services in Chicago

Our dental team provides a variety of dental procedures at our five offices in the Chicago area. This includes preventative care that can help protect your  teeth and gums from problems in the future as well as restorative treatments. 

Restorative treatments help undo some of the damage and prevent damage in the future from hurting your teeth and gums. While some damage is irreversible, catching problems early can help prevent damage from worsening or spreading. 

Here at All Star Dental we work with patients of all ages to help them with their oral health. If you need to make an appointment for a regular dental visit, or you have concerns regarding gum disease symptoms, please click below to schedule an appointment with one of our offices. 

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