You probably know that you could have to deal with gum disease if you don’t care for your teeth well. However, did you know that even if you do practice great oral hygiene, you could still need to face this issue? Gum disease can be caused by a number of issues, including illnesses and genetics. And since many individuals don’t know they have gum disease, they could eventually have to face periodontitis as well.
If your gum disease becomes too severe, you won’t be able to address the issue simply with brushing and flossing. If bacteria reaches below your gum line, it could gather into a pocket. If this happens, you won’t be able to reach the infection with a brush or floss. In other words, if you’re interested in cleaning this pocket, you’ll need to visit your dentist.
If bacteria spread beneath your gum line you could have to cope with a gum infection known as periodontitis. Sadly, periodontitis can lead to a number of serious issues. In fact, if you have periodontitis, your gums and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place could be damaged. As you may have guessed, this issue can eventually lead to tooth loss.
You should also know that if gum disease gets too serious, you may need surgery to reverse it. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments you can consider before surgery becomes a necessity. Improved oral hygiene could be enough to address gum disease. Often, a routine cleaning is enough to help you prevent or fight off gum disease. In more severe cases, our team could recommend a deep clean, which is also called scaling and root planing.
Please remember that gum disease is relatively easy to treat if it’s caught early. This is one reason it’s important for you to visit our team once every six months. If you are interested in learning more about how you could prevent or address gum disease, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, we invite you to contact Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. at (949) 729.9950. Dr. Douglas Hauck and our team are excited to hear from you soon.