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By David J. Campbell DDS
July 23, 2019
Category: Dental Condition

How your dentist in White Lake, MI, can help with periodontal disease

There are lots of warning signs that can alert you to whether someone in your family has periodontal disease or not. Read on to learn gumdiseasesome of them, and contact your family dentist, Dr. David J. Campbell in White Lake, MI, if you are at all concerned about the oral health of someone in your household.

 

More about periodontal disease

Gingivitis occurs before periodontal disease has a chance to develop, and fortunately, this condition can be reversed through the practice of excellent oral hygiene. Gingivitis can be prevented by:

  • Brushing after meals and before bed
  • Flossing at least once each day
  • Visiting your dentist at least yearly for a dental exam, including x-rays
  • Visiting your dental hygienist every six months for a professional dental cleaning

Both gum and periodontal disease are caused by the millions of harmful bacteria contained in the plaque that clings to your teeth. Gum disease only affects your soft tissue, which is why it can be reversed.

If gum disease goes untreated, harmful bacteria can spread into the bone supporting your teeth, causing destruction of the ligaments, fibers, and bone supporting your teeth. Unlike gum disease, periodontal disease can’t be reversed—it can only be managed to keep it from getting worse. To treat and manage periodontal disease, your family dentist may recommend:

  • A deep cleaning of the pocket areas to reduce harmful bacteria levels and promote healthy tissue growth
  • Scaling and root planing to clean and smooth root surfaces, thus preventing plaque and bacteria from clinging to root surfaces as easily
  • Periodontal surgery to reduce pocket depths and make the mouth easier to keep clean and healthy
  • Supportive periodontal therapy appointments every 3 to 4 months to clean and monitor the health of your mouth

 

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To find out more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of periodontal disease, call your family dentist, Dr. David J. Campbell, in White Lake, MI, today!

By David J. Campbell DDS
January 11, 2019
Category: Dental Condition
Tags: gum disease  

Take care of your gums and they will take care of you.

Your gum health is just as important as the health of your teeth and yet nearly half of all American adults have some degree of gum disease. Many of them don’t even know it. This is why it’s so important to visit our White Lake, MI, general dentist Dr. David Campbell every six months for routine checkups.

What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?

Gum disease is known as a “silent disease” because it doesn’t usually produce any symptoms until the infection has progressed. This is why everyone should keep up with regular dental appointments no matter how healthy their smiles may seem. By catching gum disease during its earliest stages when it’s only gingivitis, our White Lake, MI, dentist can provide the treatment your gums need to reverse the infection.

Common signs and symptoms gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums, particularly when flossing or brushing
  • Swollen, inflamed gums
  • Gums that are tender to the touch
  • Receding gums (gums that pull away from the teeth)
  • Changes in the way your bite fits together

As gum disease advances you may notice persistent bad breath, loose teeth or even tooth loss. Of course, at the first sign that your gums have changed appearance, it’s important to schedule a dental evaluation.

Why is it important to treat gum disease?

Gum disease is a progressive infection that won’t go away on its own. In fact, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. By catching the infection early on when it’s easily treatable we can also prevent damage to the gums, tooth loss and bone loss. The sooner you seek treatment the better for the health of your gums.

Can gum disease be cured?

Even though periodontal disease cannot be cured there are treatment options that can help you manage your symptoms and prevent complications. One of the most common treatment options for gum disease is scaling and root planing, which involves a deep dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup from under the gums and even around the roots of the teeth.

If you suspect that you might have gum disease, or if it’s time to schedule your next dental cleaning, call our White Lake, MI, dental office today to book an appointment with Dr. Campbell.