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Gum Disease Pontotoc


Close up of woman pulling her bottom lip down to expose her gums at South Main Dental in Pontotoc, MSGum disease can manifest with various signs and symptoms, ranging from mild to severe.

It's important to be aware of these signs so that you can seek prompt dental care if needed.

Gum disease can also progress silently, and some individuals may not experience noticeable symptoms until the condition is advanced.

Regular dental exams and cleanings are essential for early detection and prevention of gum disease.

What is Gum Disease?


Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a serious infection that impacts the structures and supporting bones of your teeth.

In its initial stages, it is referred to as gingivitis. Gingivitis is characterized by red and swollen gums that may occasionally bleed.

Periodontitis, the more severe form of gum disease, can lead to difficulties in chewing, tooth mobility, and gum recession, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.

Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented through daily oral care practices such as brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.

Signs of Gum Disease


In addition to those already stated, there are signs to watch for that could indicate gum disease. These include:

•  Bleeding Gums: One of the earliest signs of gum disease is gums that bleed easily, particularly when brushing, flossing, or eating hard foods. Contrary to popular belief, bleeding while brushing is not normal; it indicates unhealthy gums.

•  Red or Swollen Gums: Healthy gums should have a pinkish color and appear firm. In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), the gums may become red, swollen, and tender.

•  Persistent Bad Breath: Chronic bad breath (halitosis) can be a sign of gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth release foul-smelling gasses, leading to unpleasant breath.

•  Receding Gums: As gum disease progresses, the gums may start to pull away from the teeth, leading to gum recession. This can make teeth appear longer and expose the tooth roots.

•  Tooth Sensitivity: Gum recession can expose the sensitive tooth roots, causing increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.

•  Loose or Shifting Teeth: Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) can lead to tooth mobility. Teeth may feel loose or start shifting out of their normal positions.

•  Pus Between Teeth and Gums: In severe cases, gum disease may result in the formation of pus pockets (abscesses) between the teeth and gums, accompanied by pain and discharge.

•  Changes in Tooth Alignment: Teeth may appear to shift or move as gum disease progresses, leading to changes in the alignment of your bite.

•  Changes in Bite: Gum disease can cause changes in your bite pattern, making it uncomfortable to chew or bite down properly.

•  Pain While Chewing: Discomfort or pain while chewing is another potential symptom of gum disease, especially when there's tooth mobility or gum inflammation.

•  Gum Sensitivity: Gums may become more sensitive to touch and pressure, making them tender and painful when touched.

•  Visible Tartar Buildup: You may notice a hard, yellowish, or brownish deposit on your teeth, especially along the gumline. This is tartar (calcified plaque) and often requires professional dental cleaning to remove.

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Preventing Gum Disease


Preventing gum disease is achievable by maintaining a lifelong commitment to oral hygiene.

This involves brushing your teeth twice daily, in the morning and before bedtime.

Regular flossing is equally crucial, especially before brushing, as it eliminates trapped food particles.

While daily brushing and flossing at home can help minimize plaque and tartar build-up, professional dental cleaning is also essential.

Deep cleaning procedures effectively remove all plaque and tartar, reducing the risk of cavities. Dental cleanings also target bacteria residing below the gum line, safeguarding against gum disease.

Neglecting gum health can lead to bone tissue damage around dental roots, resulting in bad breath, tooth loss, and unsightly gum tissue.

It is imperative to schedule routine dental check-ups and cleanings with our dentist at least biannually.

Individuals with a history of multiple dental issues may require more frequent visits.

Additionally, it is strongly advised to abstain from tobacco products, as they can harm gum health and contribute to gum disease development.

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Regardless of the severity of periodontal disease, it can be treated.

Treatment options include root planing and scaling, procedures aimed at removing tartar, and rough areas on tooth roots where bacteria thrive. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to effectively combat gum infections.

For cases with severe inflammation, flap surgery may be recommended. This surgical procedure involves the removal of deposits from beneath the gums.

In situations where bone loss has occurred, bone grafting can aid in the restoration of missing bone. Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor progress.

If you notice any of these signs or have concerns about your gum health, it's advisable to schedule an appointment with us for a thorough examination and appropriate treatment.

Contact us today at (662) 586-2311 to gain comprehensive insights into gum disease and the available treatments.
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