When your gum tissues become inflamed and begin to recede, this could be a warning sign of periodontal disease. Without treatment, the symptoms could grow more severe and you could risk tooth loss! In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will discuss how to prevent receding gums, or what can be done to restore your smile!
The Causes of Periodontal Disease
According to studies from the Centers for Disease Control, half of adults 30 and older suffer from some stage of periodontal disease. The disease is caused by factors that inflame the gum tissues, such as poor oral hygiene habits. This could include lack of proper brushing and flossing, infrequent professional cleanings, and a diet high in sugar and starch-rich foods. Other potential factors include inflammatory illnesses, the use of certain medications, smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products, or a family history of poor periodontal health.
Receding Gums and Other Symptoms
How do you now if you need to seek treatment? Warning signs vary, in the early stages you may experience soreness or redness. Bleeding could become frequent when you brush or floss, and eventually you may notice your gums receding. This recession could make teeth appear long, and could mean the later stages of the disease, the ones linked to adult tooth loss, are around the corner! If you experience one or more of these warning signs, then please give us a call right away so we can examine your smile and create a personalized treatment plan.
Possible Treatment Options
For the early stages, known as gingivitis, we could reverse the issue completely with a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, this removes plaque and tartar buildup from both the teeth and the roots, reversing gingivitis completely. If you have the early stages of periodontal disease, this could be used to manage the issue so we can keep the advanced stages (and recession) at bay with routine dental cleanings every three to four months.
However, for cases of recession, we could use pocket reduction surgery to reduce the depth of periodontal pockets. This helps correct receding tissues, and also restores the health and beauty of the smile. The disease is then kept in check without preventive care every few months. For some, we may need to graft tissue onto the smile to correct recession. Gum grafting helps address severe periodontal disease, and again leaves the smile ready to receive routine preventive care to keep your smile whole, healthy, and attractive.
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We want to help people maintain a whole and healthy smile once again. To learn more about how we treat periodontal issues, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.