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How Do You Avoid Gum Disease Permanently?

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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 Smiles of Elgin 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.

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    Treatment for Periodontal Disease

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    When you have periodontal disease, it means that an infection is present in your gums that could affect the health and stability of your teeth. Since many people are unaware that they have periodontal disease, it tends to advance and cause additional issues. One of the most common problems is the formation of pockets in your gums that attract bacteria, tartar, and plaque. Although this occurs at the earliest stages of gum disease, it’s possible to lose teeth if the infection remains untreated. Fortunately, Smiles of Elgin patients can still reverse the damage at this point.

    What Happens During a Deep Cleaning Session

    Treatment for periodontal disease typically starts with a deep cleaning procedure. When you have this done, Dr. Qureshi, Dr. Hao, or Dr. Gargir clean only one quadrant of your mouth at a time. That is because the procedure leaves your mouth numb for several hours afterwards. The purpose of root planning and scaling during a deep cleaning appointment is to clean areas where bacteria invaded and prevent this from happening again. Your dentist will numb each area he cleans prior to beginning his work.

    Besides removing bacteria, deep cleaning reduces gum pockets and eliminates the plaque and tartar that caused them to develop in the first place. This is essential to ensure that you enjoy good oral health on a long-term basis. Before you go home, our staff will provide you with instructions on how to care for your teeth and gums at home so you won’t need to have a deep cleaning session again in the future. Some of our recommendations may include using medicated mouthwash daily, brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush, and potentially taking prescription medication to prevent gum pockets from forming again.

    Periodontal Surgery

    When root planning and scaling fail to reduce the formation and depth of new gum pockets, your dentist at Smiles of Elgin may advise you to undergo periodontal surgery. During this procedure, he restores normal functioning to your gums by reshaping them. This keeps your teeth and gums healthy by keeping bacteria and other harmful substances from attacking them.

    If you suspect that you have gum disease, please contact our office for an appointment. You are also welcome to schedule a consultation to learn more about the various ways we treat this common dental disorder.

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      Tuesday 10.00 to 6.00
      Wednesday 11.00 to 8.00
      Thursday 10.00 to 6.00
      Friday 10.00 to 6.00
      Saturday 8.00 to 3.00
      Sunday Appointment only