Gum disease is something no one wants to suffer through. Though it starts as relatively mild gingivitis, gum disease can progress until your gums pull away from your teeth. This leads to gaps between your teeth and gums in which debris can become trapped, causing infection to spread. Ultimately gum disease breaks down the bone that holds your teeth in place, making it the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
It was recently discovered that individuals with a specific genetic marker are 6-19 times more likely to developed gum disease than those without that marker, making it incredibly important to be proactive in caring for your teeth and gums. These are some simple things you can do that will help ward off gum disease:
- Brush and floss regularly. Not brushing and flossing on a regular basis is like asking for gum disease to strike. This is a habit every person should form, with a big payoff whether or not you’re in the group of people who are more likely to contract gum disease.
- Don't smoke. Smoking has a proven connection to gum disease. If you’re serious about your oral health (and health in general), you should never smoke, or quit smoking immediately.
- Eat a balanced diet. Believe it or not, poor nutrition can lead to gum disease. A balanced diet benefits all aspects of your health, including your oral health.
- Manage your stress levels. This one may seem a bit odd, but again, there’s a proven link between stress and the health of your gums. If you have a high-stress job, or don’t handle stress well, it’s recommended that you either reduce the amount of stress in your life or learn how to better manage that stress. Doing so will make you a happier person, as well as positively affect your gum health.
As previously mentioned, there are certain people who are predisposed to developing severe gum disease. If you’re fearful that you’re included in this group, there are other non-surgical options to prevent gum disease. If you’re looking for non-surgical treatment options for gum disease in Pittsburgh, Dr. Silberg can help you by providing:
- Consistent professional cleanings. The most simple way to prevent gum disease is to see us every six months. Dental cleanings on a regular basis will help us and you stay on top of any potentially developing gum disease. Most importantly, these cleanings remove the plaque and tartar that cause gingivitis, which can ultimately lead to gum disease.
- Scaling and root planing. This is a deep-cleaning, non-invasive way to help prevent gum disease. It’s performed under a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Plaque and tartar is scoured away from above and below the gum line before the rough spots on your teeth are smoothed. Planing your teeth provides a clean, smooth surface for your gums to reattach to. This is often performed if we see that your gums are beginning to pull away from your teeth.
Perioscope. This is a revolutionary technology that the Silberg Center is proud to offer. In fact, our practice was one of the first on the East Coast to provide this technology, so it’s something we’re intimately familiar with.
The Perioscope is an endoscope designed specifically to explore the space under your gums that are being affected by gum disease. The Perioscope provides an image on a computer screen for us to see, which helps us achieve better results when planing and scaling your teeth.
It also allows us to rid your tooth’s root pocket of bacteria – which is the most effective treatment for gum disease.
- Antibiotics/Antimicrobials. These are oral tablets given to patients who may have significant plaque or tartar buildup, to help eliminate the bacteria and microorganisms that cause gum disease.
- Plaque control training. This is a service we offer wherein you’re taught to effectively manage the amount of plaque buildup you experience. It’s a custom training program built to fit your needs.
Gum disease is uncomfortable and potentially disruptive to your regular life. Even if you’re predisposed to developing gum disease, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t consider non-surgical procedures for preventing gum disease as a way to ward off any potential infections. For help and information, contact our office today.