Gum disease is a chronic long-term problem and it's similar to having high blood pressure. High blood pressure isn't a problem until the day you have a stroke and you're not aware of it until that day. Gum disease is similar. It takes treatment and it takes coming in regularly and taking care of things long-term both at home and with our skills but, the first step is to identify that that's what's going on for patients.
Once we've identified that that's the problem, we can do dental procedures, make you very comfortable doing it and then, follow through and make sure you keep coming in. We have a system in place to make sure we keep you on schedule and keep you coming in and we discuss it. Home care is absolutely a part of having gum disease.
Part of having gum disease, also, is genetics and we don't talk about that but people sometimes feel, “I'm a bad person. I have gum disease.” No, you have bad genetics but we can't change your genetics so we talk much more about what we can do having you come in regularly, taking care of you, monitoring it. And with gum disease, unfortunately, it is a life-long issue to maintain it, but you only have one set of teeth unless we do other procedures to give you a new set but, we want to maintain what you have and keep you chewing and eating and functioning with comfort as long as we can. That's what treating gum disease is all about.
Bleeding, sore, or tender gums is not normal. These symptoms could be signs of gum disease. Ask us about comfortable, non-surgical gum disease treatment! Bloomington, MN dentist Dr. Kenneth Weddell has 30 years of dental experience and is fully capable of diagnosing and treating your gum disease.
Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Let’s save your teeth. Call us at 952-679-1365 to schedule an appointment with Weddell Dental.
What Is Gum Disease?
Our mouths are home to many different types of bacteria. Bad bacteria can get beneath your gumline and cause inflammation and infection. Over time, the infection disturbs the bone beneath your gums, and eventually your teeth can become loose or even fall out.
We already mentioned the most common signs of gum disease – bleeding, sore, or tender gums – but you might also experience:
- Swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Teeth or partial dentures that feel loose
- Bite changes
- Nothing at all
Nothing at all? Yes. Nothing at all. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, frequently goes undetected until it becomes severe. To catch it early, be sure to see Dr. Weddell at least twice a year for your dental cleanings and dental exams.
How Can Gum Disease Be Treated?
We treat gum disease with a standard method called scaling and root planing. You can think of it as a deep cleaning for your gums. We’ll get beneath the gumline and clear out any bacteria. We’ll also smooth out any rough patches on the roots of your teeth that bacteria like to cling to.
Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?
Although nearly half of Americans will have some form of gum disease, it is entirely preventable in most cases. Good dental hygiene habits like flossing daily and brushing your teeth twice a day, and seeing your dentist regularly, can keep your gums disease-free.
Don’t let your gums be the reason you lose your teeth. Get a gum disease treatment as soon as it is needed. Schedule your gum disease treatment Bloomington, MN area appointment with our Bloomington, MN dentist Dr. Weddell by calling us at 952-679-1365 or using our online form.