It might seem like a waste of time and money to go to the dentist when you are not experiencing any dental issues. But sometimes dental issues can go undetected because they don’t immediately have any signs or symptoms. Take, for example, your gum health. Gum disease is an insidious condition that can be present without you knowing about it. If you don’t go to the dentist regularly for check-ups, you might not realize you have gum disease until it’s too late. In its latter stages, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
At West Creek Dental in South Austin, TX, we recommend you come in every six months for an examination and cleaning. Dr. Poonam Gokhale will also check the health of your gums at that time.
Signs of Gum Disease
Although sometimes people have no symptoms that there is an infection lurking in their gums, in some cases, the signs are there.
If you notice blood in the sink after you brush and floss, this could be an early indication that you have gum disease. At this stage, we may be able to reverse the disease with a deep cleaning.
Signs that gum disease has advanced include teeth that start to look long because the gums are pulling away from them. Your gums might also be inflamed and puffy looking.
With advanced-stage gum disease, pockets will form at the gum line, and these are often full of puss. Your teeth might already start to feel loose.
The earlier we discover the gum disease, the better. As it advances, there is nothing that can be done about it other than try to manage the condition.
Treatment for Gum Disease
If Dr. Gokhale determines you have gum disease, the first recommended treatment is usually a scaling and debridement to clean below the gumline. Root planing may also be performed to smooth out the rough areas on the roots of the teeth where bacteria tend to collect. Depending on the amount of plaque and calculus that is present, you may need to come in for a second dental appointment to finish the cleaning. Dr. Gokhale may recommend that you come in more than twice a year for cleanings in the future.
Other treatments might include medicated mouthwash and oral antibiotics, depending on the level of infection that is present. For the most advanced cases of gum disease, surgery might be recommended to help get rid of the infection and help heal the gums.
Prevention Is Best
When it comes to the health of your teeth and gums, preventing problems from arising in the first place is the best strategy. If you are overdue for a dental check-up and professional cleaning, give us a call. We are not here to judge you; we simply want to help you get your oral health back on track.
Make an appointment today!