Get all your questions about gum disease answered by a dental professional.
With gum disease becoming more and more prevalent among American adults, it’s important for patients of our periodontist Dr. David Rosen to understand more about this condition, how to prevent it and when to spot the early warning signs. Dr. David Rosen provides service to patients in the Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas. Here are some of the top questions about gum disease,
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, causes inflammation of the gums that can also impact the health of the jawbone and teeth. This disease occurs when bacteria gets under the gum line and forms pockets of infections between the gums and the teeth. These pockets will continue to expand until the condition is properly treated.
Is there a way to prevent gum disease?
The best way to reduce your risk for gum disease is to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene. This means brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Of course, it isn’t enough to just brush and floss regularly; you also need to have the proper technique to make sure that you are removing plaque and food from between teeth and along the gum line. Brushing alone is not enough; you also need to floss in order to reduce your risk for gum disease.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Millions of American adults have gum disease and many don’t even realize it. Therefore, it’s possible that you could have gum disease but experience no symptoms. Our Lexington, MA, periodontist will be able to tell you whether or not you have gum disease just by looking at the gums and pinpointing certain changes. Seeing your dentist regularly for checkups can help you catch gum disease early on when it easily be treated.
Is gum disease treatable?
If gum disease is caught early on when it’s still only gingivitis then yes, this disease can be reversed with the proper care. Our periodontist may perform a simple scaling and root planing procedure, which involves cleaning underneath the gums and the roots of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar using special dental tools.
Changes to your at-home care are also important to make sure that you are properly brushing and flossing to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Once gum disease has progressed it can’t be reversed but it can be properly controlled with maintenance therapy and regular dental care.
Knowledge is powerful and patients should understand the dental care they receive so they get the best care possible. If you’re noticing changes in your gums that have you concerned call Dr. David Rosen, in Lexington, MA and serving residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas to schedule a consultation.