Gum Disease FAQs

When you suffer from gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontitis in Ann Arbor, MI, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott of Walcott Dental provide dental services that can help to get these conditions under control. 

Common Risk Factors For Gum Disease?

Some people are just more prone to gum disease than others. You may wonder why? Certain risk factors increase the likelihood you will develop gum disease. 

  • Not taking good care of your gums
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Members of your family have periodontal disease
  • Stress
  • AIDS and other immune disorders
  • Ill-fitting bridges
  • Defective fillings
  • Medications that cause dry mouth
  • Female hormonal changes

What are The Symptoms of Gum Disease?

It isn't very hard to realize you have a problem with your gums. The symptoms are pretty obvious. If your gums are red and inflamed, bleed when you brush your teeth or floss, if your gums are pulling away from your teeth, or if you have persistent bad breath, you have gum problems. Gum disease or periodontitis in Ann Arbor, MI, can also lead to loose or sensitive teeth. With these symptoms, it's time for a dental visit.

How to Prevent Gum Disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is to take good care of your teeth and gums. The ADA recommendation is to brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily. You should also floss daily. Getting professional cleaning twice yearly or more often if your dentist recommends it is imperative. 

How does a Periodontist Treat Gum Disease?

About 47% of those 30 and above in the United States suffer from chronic periodontitis. For severe periodontitis, the ADA recommends scaling and root planing be used. This removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots below the gum line. This procedure helps the pockets around the teeth to shrink. This is sometimes called deep cleaning. Antibiotics, mouthwash, and pain medication may also be prescribed. The depth of the pockets will be monitored to see if the desired results have been achieved. 

If the scaling and root planing aren't effective, dental surgery to remove the affected gum tissue may be necessary. 

Why Should Gum Disease Be Treated?

Gum disease begins quite simply as gingivitis, but when it becomes periodontitis it becomes a serious threat to your health. You are at increased risk for heart disease, stroke, dementia, and diabetes. Letting gum disease go untreated can cause lifelong consequences. 

If you have symptoms of gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontitis in Ann Arbor, MI, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott of Walcott Dental are available for consultation and treatment. Call their office at 734-994-3700 to make an appointment. 

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