The drummer is on fire tonight. Everyone, including the bass and piano player, has their eyes on them. They are doing things musically that make you question whether they just have four limbs. The other thing that happens to be on fire are your gums. They’ve been extremely sensitive and swollen lately and it’s made it a pain to eat your favorite foods. Dr. Yelena Obholz definitely thinks you should pay attention to this, because you may be suffering from gum disease. She lets you know how you can get gum disease treatment in DC.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs when there is an excessive buildup of plaque and bacteria along the gum line. The effects of this buildup are better known when it comes to teeth, as the result can be a cavity, but it can also do damage to the gums if not properly addressed. Some signs that you might have gum disease are:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red, swollen, or sensitive gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Receding gum line
- Loose teeth
One of the leading causes of tooth loss as people age is gum disease. Even people who brush and floss frequently can easily missing cleaning along the gum line. Besides inadequate brushing and flossing, things such as diabetes, heart disease, and smoking can lead people to develop gum disease.
How Can I Treat Gum Disease?
There are two main types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a more mild form of gum disease, while periodontitis is more severe. Both can lead to the breakdown of soft tissue that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Gingivitis can often be treated by more frequent brushing and flossing at home. Special care should be taken to clean along the gum line. This can break up the existing plaque and allow the gums to heal. Should this not prove to be enough, you may need to visit us to have them professionally cleaned. The procedure would involve two main parts: scaling and root planing. First, we will use specialized tools to clean up the buildup of plaque and bacteria along the gums. These tools can often reach areas that you cannot during brushing. This is what we call scaling. Root planing involves shaping the roots of the teeth to help abate further buildup. Consistent brushing and flossing should prevent it from flaring up again.
We Can Help You
If you think you may be suffering from gum disease, please make an appointment with us today. Gum disease is easily treatable if caught early. There is no need to suffer swollen or sensitive gums. Come see us today so we can help you.