Gingivitis is one form of periodontal (gum) disease, one of the the most prevalent dental health issues facing American adults. It is estimated that about half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease, though this problem is mostly preventable. Luck Family Dental is here to answer all of your questions about the causes, symptoms, and treatments available if you have gingivitis or another form of gum disease:
Your gums attach to your teeth at a lower point than what we see. This forms a small space called a sulcus, and if food and plaque get trapped in this space, gum infection or gingivitis can occur as a result. Left unchecked, gingivitis can cause many issues. The symptoms you start to see will include:
Though certain over-the-counter products claim that they can treat a patient’s gingivitis at home, we always recommend seeking professional advice and care if you suspect gum disease. People have also tried rinsing with hydrogen peroxide and other home remedies, but these can be dangerous and even damage your tooth enamel.
Only a dentist can provide a deep cleaning and professional-grade antibiotics to help treat gum disease. A proper dental health routine that includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing along with a proper diet is a good place to start, but it shouldn’t be your only line of defense. Once gum disease reaches a certain point, it can no longer be reversed, so it’s important to see a dentist like Dr. Luck sooner rather than later.
At Luck Family, we will assess your teeth and gums during your appointment to determine what level of care your case of periodontal disease requires. Dr. Luck will come up with a treatment plan to dimnish your symptoms and get your dental health back on the right track. Treatments include:
If you think you may be showing signs and symptoms of gum disease, don’t hesitate to call us as soon as possible. Getting periodontal care immediately will ensure that your issue doesn’t progress into a more severe one, and will increase your odds of reversing the problem. Call us now at (803) 760 7860 to schedule your appointment.