In its early stages, gum disease is often painless. However, you may notice some symptoms such as redness in your gums, swelling, tenderness, and bleeding when you brush and floss. Those are the signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. However, if gingivitis is not treated, it will continue to worsen and can become periodontitis. Unchecked gum disease can lead to lost teeth, and damage to your jaws. Additionally, gum disease has been linked to illnesses and conditions in other parts of your body. The primary cause of gum disease is the buildup of plaque and bacteria on your teeth.
Brushing and flossing are two of the best ways to fight gum disease. Also, regular appointments with your dentist for cleanings and exams are key in preventing the disease. During your exam, your dentist will check for gum disease. If he detects the onset of gingivitis, he may address it with a technique called scaling and root planing.
When the dentist scales your teeth. he will remove the plaque from your teeth above and below the gumline with a dental tool or an ultrasonic instrument. Following that, he will smooth out the roots of the tooth to help the reattach themselves to your jaw. The process can take two office visits and may require a local anesthetic.
If you have noticed the signs of gum disease in your mouth, don’t delay in treating it. Our dentist, Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz will be happy to see you. If you live in the Burbank. California, area and would like to make an appointment to see the dentist, contact Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS & Associates, Inc. at 818-558-4332. We look forward to helping you restore your smile!