Protecting Your Mouth from Gum Disease
Though gum disease affects millions of Americans every year, gum disease treatment is actually very simple. With daily brushing and flossing and regular cleanings from your dentist, you are unlikely to ever develop gum disease. At Newingham Dental Center, our Birmingham, MI dental team will make sure that all of our patients are providing daily care to their teeth, and during cleanings and exams we look for any signs of gum disease or infection. With our help, your mouth and gums can remain in perfect health.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection that occurs when plaque and tartar build up on your teeth. Plaque can be removed by regular brushing, and tartar can be removed during a dental cleaning. If you don’t provide the necessary care, the bacteria that cause these problems will spread. Once the bacteria spread below your gum line, you will have mild gum disease, also known as gingivitis. This will cause your gums to look red, become inflamed, and bleed easily.
If we find during our data gathering that you are either prone to periodontal disease or you are, perhaps, having an active problem, we use oral DNA salivary diagnostics. In other words, we want to know what specific bug is causing the problem. We want to know what specific type of bacteria that you have in your mouth that’s allowing this disease to be active. You have a normal flora of bacteria in your body. It all starts in the digestive tract with your mouth. We know from the latest research that there are specific types of bacteria in your mouth that is indigenous to you. We can’t give you an antibiotic and get rid of it. We simply have to control the numbers. Sometimes in periodontal disease, the numbers of these bacteria get out of control. We need to get them under control, so we can stabilize your disease. We always equate periodontal disease to diabetes. This is something that you have to live with, but we have the correct techniques to manage it in the best way possible. We figure out which bugs have grown to a number where they are out of control and causing the disease to be active. We target those specifically with out treatment.
At this stage, Dr. Newingham can still help you eliminate gum disease before it causes any serious damage. If left unchecked, the infection can continue to grow, and pockets will form between your gums and teeth. Bacteria and food will accumulate in these pockets, leading to serious damage and eventually the loss of your teeth. However, all of this can be prevented by regularly visiting your dentist.
Treating your Gum Disease
If you do have gum disease, our Birmingham, MI office has many solutions that can help you reduce and eliminate it before you suffer any lasting damage to your gums and teeth. When we first notice signs of gum disease, we will test your saliva to determine what is causing the buildup of bacteria.
We can then provide scaling and planing procedures that will eliminate the tartar above and below the gum line, which will stop the infection from spreading. We also provide our patients with high-quality CariFree rinses or antibiotics to slow the spread of bacteria and the growth of pockets between your teeth and gums. These solutions have been extremely effective for most of our patients with gum disease. If you require further gum disease treatment, we can refer you to an expert who will help you fight extreme cases of the disease.