Posts for: May, 2019

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
May 30, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Show your gum disease who’s boss. Here’s how to handle this common oral disorder.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when plaque builds up under the gums. As the plaque hardens it causes the bacteria inside gumdiseaseof it to multiply, which leads to inflammation and other potentially serious issues if left untreated. From the office of our Flint, MI, periodontist Dr. Frank Gordon, Jr., learn more about your treatment options and how to prevent gum disease from happening to you.

How do I know that I have gum disease?

Symptoms may be barely noticeable in the beginning; however, you may notice that your gums are inflamed, puffy, or tender to the touch. You may also notice that your gums bleed whenever you floss or brush your teeth. Bleeding gums is a classic warning sign that shouldn’t go ignored. If you are experiencing bleeding gums it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Flint, MI, periodontist.

How is gum disease treated?

Along with maintaining good oral hygiene your dentist may also recommend scaling and root planing, the most common treatment option for gum disease. This extreme deep cleaning goes under the gums and even removes plaque from the roots of the teeth. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, scaling, and root planing can be completed in one to two visits. You should come in at least every six months for scaling and root planing to maintain healthy gums.

There are also medicated rinses that your dentist might prescribe for you to use every day after brushing your teeth. Certain antimicrobial rinses, which are used in the same way as regular mouthwash, can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Sometimes antibiotics may also be prescribed.

During scaling and root planing your periodontist may place little antibiotic fibers into pockets within the gums, which will slowly release antibiotics into these areas to kill the bacteria. Conversely, antibiotics may also be taken orally (for more persistent infections) or applied topically.

If you are looking for a dentist who can help you manage your gum disease or if you are experiencing changes in the health of your gums, don’t hesitate to call our Flint, MI, dental office today.