Gum disease happens when a sticky film of bacteria forms on the teeth due to poor oral hygiene, crowded teeth, or even hereditary. When the bacteria builds up over time, it creates plaque that sticks to the surface of your gums where the grooves of your teeth meet. At this stage, you may notice that your gums are red and swollen. This is actually your body’s way of defending against gum disease by creating new blood vessels. However, you must still address the problem before it gets worse.
How Our Dentists Treat Gum Disease
It is important to get your gum disease treated by a professional once diagnosed. The dentists at Healthy Smiles of La Grange use a process called scaling to remove the plaque deposits from your teeth. This is a firmer pressure than we use at your regular cleaning appointments. The next step is root planing, which means to eliminate gum pockets by flattening the surfaces around them. We may also refer to both procedures as a deep cleaning. Once you have had it done, you can do several things at home to prevent gum disease in the future. Getting bi-annual professional dental cleaning is also an important part of gum disease prevention.
Stop Gum Disease with Thorough Teeth Brushing
Start by buying a toothbrush with a small brush head since this makes it easier to get to hard-to-reach tooth surfaces. Placing the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, bring it to where the tooth and gums meet for each tooth. It’s important to clean this area thoroughly since this is where gum disease tends to form. You should avoid scrubbing and instead use short back and forth motions. It’s also important to floss since the bristles of the toothbrush don’t get between your teeth very well. If you find this type of cleaning difficult, consider investing in an electric toothbrush. It will make the back and forth vibrating motions for you.