TREATMENT AND PREVENTION
Gum Disease Huntington Beach, CA
At Beach City Dental we work diligently to prevent gum disease in our patients. This is a condition that is incredibly common, and most adults will suffer from some form of gum disease during their lifetime. The challenge is that this condition can lead to bone and tooth loss, making it incredibly important to both prevent and treat it. If you live in Huntington Beach, CA or the 92647 area, we can examine you and let you know if you are showing any signs of the condition, along with making recommendations for how you can prevent it. To schedule an appointment, call (714) 898-2517.
Causes of Gum Disease
There are several reasons that gum disease develops. The primary causes are plaque and tartar. If it becomes trapped in between your teeth and gums or under the gum tissue, it causes your gums to become irritated and swollen. Plaque is a problem that everyone deals with; however, it is the buildup under the gums that really causes issues. Additionally, there are other risk factors to consider like pregnancy, diabetes, and smoking, since they restrict blood flow to the gums, causing them to swell.
Ways to Prevent Gum Disease
We recommend doing what you can to prevent gum disease so you do not experience discomfort or additional health problems. One of the best ways to prevent this condition is to keep your teeth clean. At Beach City Dental we encourage our Huntington Beach patients to brush their teeth two to three times a day and to do so in a circular pattern, moving food particles and plaque away from the gums toward the center of the mouth. You also need to floss on a daily basis, and be sure to reach all the way down, rather than stopping at your gum line. Using an antiseptic mouthwash can also help kill lingering bacteria.
You also need to have your teeth cleaned at least twice per year. It is difficult to remove all of the plaque at home, and tartar is too hard to remove by brushing and flossing. We can remove both plaque and tartar in our 92647 dental office so your risk of gum disease is greatly reduced. Simultaneously, we recommend that you stop smoking, keep your blood sugar under control, and drink plenty of water, since this can also help improve your gum health.
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Treatment Options for Gum Disease
There are several ways to treat gum disease, and what we recommend will be based on how far the condition has progressed. To start, we typically recommend that our Huntington Beach, CA patients have a standard teeth cleaning. If you are only at the beginning stages of the condition, that is likely all you will need to return your gums to good health. However, if the condition has progressed, you may need a 92647 dentist to provide you with the following:
Why You Could Need a Bone Graft Following Severe Gum Disease
Severe gum disease can drastically and negatively impact your oral health. As gum disease progresses, your gums will swell and then begin to recede or pull away from your tooth structure. This is problematic because the more of your teeth and roots that are exposed, the more likely it is that bacteria will begin to attack them. Simultaneously, your jawbone can also be negatively impacted and begin to lose its density.
If you do suffer from bone loss, you may need a bone grafting procedure. This is where synthetic bone is placed in the area where you experienced loss in order to encourage bone growth. This can be a necessary procedure when you have experienced enough bone loss to negatively impact the health and stability of your other teeth or the appearance of your face. Whether or not this is necessary is highly dependent on what your x-rays show. However, if you identify signs of gum disease and treat it early, you are likely to prevent the need for this procedure.
Schedule an Examination With Our Huntington Beach Dental Office
If you suspect that you may have gum disease because your gums are red, swollen, or receding, call our 92647 dental office right away. At Beach City Dental we can examine you, let you know if gum disease is present, and make recommendations regarding how to treat it.