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Gum disease is an insidious disease that strikes silently and gets steadily worse as it progresses. You may only notice it happening when you see redness, swelling, or bleeding in your gum tissue. This can also be accompanied by chronic bad breath and a bad taste that doesn’t go away. This is common in the early stage of this disease.

The good news is, it can be treated and reversed to a large extent. But if you ignore it, eventually your jawbone material will deteriorate and your gums recede until you lose teeth and supporting jawbone.

When oral bacteria stick to your teeth along the gumline, it irritates it and eventually causes inflammation. Although your body’s defenses kick in, it also creates conditions damaging the jaw bone and ligaments that hold the teeth. As the gums recede pockets will develop and teeth can be lost.

Treating mild gum disease, or gingivitis, involves scaling and root planing, your dentist removes plaque and tartar on the teeth. While scaling removes this debris from the teeth and below the gum line, root planing smooths tooth roots so bacteria can’t adhere to them. Along with increased at-home dental hygiene care, you can turn gingivitis around.

If the disease has advanced, oral surgery may be combined with scaling and root planing and better daily oral hygiene. This may involve shaping the gums and regrowing the jawbone material.

Once periodontitis has caused severe damage, you will need antibiotics to fight infection and oral surgery involving tooth extraction.

Keep periodontitis from attacking your smile by seeing your dentist every six months to receive professional cleanings and exams, and keep up a diligent daily oral hygiene routine, brushing and flossing daily.

To schedule a cleaning with our Montgomery County Periodontal Associates team in Conroe, Texas, please call us today at (936) 756-1669. Our dentist, Dr. Miles Mason is ready to help you keep gum disease away!