GUM DISEASE AND BAD BREATH

Bleeding Gums?

Bleeding gums can be an early sign of gum disease which is a serious infection of the mouth and can have a tremendous effect on your overall health. Periodontal (gum) disease is a disease of the supporting bone and gingiva that surround the tooth. This is the number one cause of tooth loss and is present in many adults.

The typical signs and symptoms of periodontal disease are:

  • Bleeding gums

  • Bad breath

  • Gum recession

  • Tooth mobility

  • Red or purplish gum colour

  • Bad taste in the mouth

  • Pus and discharge coming from the gums

We use LANAP, also known as Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure instead of the traditional and often painful surgery to treat gum disease. This means no incision or stitches! This procedure can actually reverse the harmful effects of gum disease and preserve your natural teeth.

LANAP can be performed on a wide range of patients, including those with conditions that may complicate the healing process, such as diabetes and hemophilia, as well as people who have dental implants. Overall, this option offers a faster and more comfortable treatment which is designed to target infected gums without harming the surrounding tissue.

Advantages of LANAP Treatment

The LANAP treatment process brings many different kinds of benefits including:

  • Fast recovery

  • Less pain

  • Minimum gum recession

  • Minor postoperative discomfort

  • Less bleeding

  • Reduced risk of postoperative infections

If you are suffering from gum disease and have questions concerning the LANAP treatment or if you would like to schedule a free consultation with the doctor, contact our office today.

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontitis can occur when gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) advances because of constant improper oral care. It happens when toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums causing them to become swollen and sore. Periodontitis has the capacity to destroy the structures that support the teeth in your jawbone which can result in loose teeth or worse, teeth fall out. Unfortunately, the effects of this disease don’t just stop there. Periodontitis is known to heighten the risk of heart and respiratory diseases, as well as cause diabetic people to have trouble controlling their blood sugar. It is harmful to both oral and overall health.

How is it diagnosed?

During an oral exam, the dentist will be able to determine whether you are suffering from periodontitis by:

  • Reviewing your medical history to identify possible reasons why you could be at risk of contracting the said disease

  • Examining your mouth for plaque and tartar buildup

  • Checking for any signs of easy bleeding

  • Measuring the pocket depth of the groove between your gums and teeth by placing a dental probe beside your tooth beneath your gumline

  • Evaluating X-ray results to check for bone loss in areas with deeper pocket depths

How to treat Periodontitis?

Since one of the main causes of periodontal disease is improper oral hygiene, it is always advisable to practice good oral care to reduce and prevent gum disease. To cure periodontitis, a visit to the dentist is necessary. The dentist will perform a professional cleaning to eliminate plaque and control the buildup. Treatment will also include scaling (removal of tartar and bacteria from your tooth surfaces and beneath your gums) and root planing (smoothens the root surfaces and removes bacterial byproducts that contribute to inflammation). There are, however, situations where periodontitis has advanced by a lot and will require dental surgery, such as:

  • Flap surgery - tiny incisions in your gum is made so that a section of gum tissue can be lifted back

  • Soft tissue grafts - damaged soft tissue is reinforced by removing a small amount of tissue from the roof of your mouth (palate) and attaching it to the affected site

  • Bone grafting - a graft composed of small fragments of your own bone (or the bone may be synthetic or donated) is made and is transplanted to your jawbone to prevent tooth loss by holding your tooth in place

  • Guided tissue regeneration - the dentist places a special piece of biocompatible fabric between existing bone and your tooth to allow the regrowth of bone that was destroyed by bacteria

  • Tissue-stimulating proteins applying a special gel that contains the same proteins found in developing tooth enamel to a damaged tooth root

Halitosis Treatment

Halitosis (chronic bad breath) is a condition where people suffer from bad or unpleasant breath for a continuous amount of time and not just occasionally. Bad breath every morning--more popularly called “morning breath”--is normal because of the lack of saliva flow at night. However, it can be bad if it persists throughout the day.

What are the causes of Halitosis?

One of the root causes of Halitosis is when you neglect and refuse to practice good oral hygiene. The plaque and food particles that stay in your mouth for long periods of time will definitely cause your mouth to stink. The other reasons are as follows:

  • The type of food you eat can contribute greatly, especially the ones with a strong and intense odour that can stay in your mouth even after brushing.

  • Smoking tobacco and cigarettes can cause severe mouth odour.

  • Dry mouth because of sleeping or breathing open-mouthed

  • Halitosis can also be a sign of underlying health problems

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