Protecting your gums from gingivitis and periodontitis is an important part of your daily oral healthcare. This means brushing and flossing daily and making six-month visits to your dentists, Dr. Jimmy D. Hill and Dr. Camie G. Davis of Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX, for regular check-ups—read on to learn more.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection in the tissues that comprise the gums. There are two stages of gum disease:
Stage one: Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. If treated quickly, it can be controlled, if left untreated it will develop into periodontitis. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Inflamed and tender gums
- Bright red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
Stage two: Periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease. It not only affects the teeth, but also the bone that supports them. Signs and symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Pockets developing in the gums
- Bone damage
- Loose teeth
- Lost teeth
If you have any of the above symptoms, you should talk to your dentist as soon as possible.
Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease
You can avoid gum disease by brushing and flossing every day, maintaining a healthy diet, and visiting your dentist for a regular check-up. Lubbock residents visit the Hill-Davis Dental Group twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning.
Even if it is advanced, your dentist may be able to treat your gum disease. For example, root planing and scaling is a deep cleaning treatment that can remove plaque and tartar that causes gum disease. If necessary, gum surgery can be performed to remove any bacterial infection, and in some cases, regenerative procedures can be used to reverse bone damage.
If you’re looking for a dentist in Lubbock call the Hill-Davis Dental Group on (806) 793-0651.