For almost 75% of American adults, periodontal (gum) disease is an embarrassing and serious reality. Caused by plaque buildup, gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth/bone loss and may increase your risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
How does Gum Disease Develop?
In most cases, gum disease develops for one simple reason: poor dental hygiene. Neglecting to brush and floss regularly will inevitably lead to bleeding or tender gums, chronic bad breath and infection–all of which are early indicators of gum disease.
Other factors that contribute to the development of gum disease include:
- Poor diet
- Old age
- Genetic susceptibility
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Female hormonal changes (e.g. pregnancy and menopause)
- Medications which cause dry mouth
- Health conditions which affect the immune system
How is Gum Disease Treated at Wauwatosa Family Dental?
With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Frost has diagnosed and treated numerous cases of Periodontal disease. So don’t worry–you are in very good hands. With the assistance of our excellent hygiene staff, we will evaluate your gums and put together a treatment plan that will curb and control the infection. Depending on the extent of your gum disease, the number and types of treatment will vary, and we will put a plan in place specific to your individual needs.
If your gum disease is in the beginning stages, we will begin by thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Our team of hygienists are educated and experienced in making sure that you are provided with the best care possible when dealing with gum disease. Once we’ve cleaned your teeth, we will recommend a rigorous brushing and flossing routine, and our hygienists will provide instruction on how to go about taking care of your teeth while treating this dental disease. In many cases, this is enough to reverse the condition.
However, if your gum disease has advanced past the early stages, nonsurgical root scaling and planing may be recommended. Also known as deep cleaning, this method cleans above and below the gum line to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria–the buildup of which all contribute to gum disease. Deep cleaning is performed by our specially-trained hygienists using cutting-edge technology and may require multiple appointments as well antibiotic treatments. Don’t let this be too intimidating–we treat all of our patients with care and use only the very best, top of the line equipment. This allows us to perform the the task effectively and with minimal discomfort to you, our patient.
How Do I Keep My Gums Healthy?
Now you’re asking the right question! The key to good gum health is committing to a daily oral health routine. Remember: a good oral health routine includes all of the following steps:
- Brushing gently for a full two minutes, twice a day or after each meal
- Flossing at least once a day
- Visiting the dentist as recommended, or at least once every six months
- Avoiding smoking and tobacco use
We know–this is easier said than done. It might help to set some reminders for the first few weeks in order to get yourself in the habit of doing what’s necessary to limit future dental issues. Set an alarm on your smartphone to go off twice a day so you know when to brush your teeth. Tie some dental string around your toothbrush to remind yourself that you need to floss when you are done. And perhaps most importantly, pre-schedule your dental visits with Wauwatosa Family Dental. Our wonderful office manager Janessa will give you a subtle reminder when your appointment is approaching.
Life happens, we get it. If you’ve fallen off your daily oral health routine and suspect that you may have gum disease, please contact Wauwatosa Family Dental at 414-454-0700 to schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to get you in sooner than later. No matter the severity of your gum disease, Dr. Frost and his staff will recommend an effective treatment plan that will put you back on track to good oral health and physical well being.
Our office is conveniently located at 11904 W North Ave #105, Wauwatosa, WI 53226. People from all over southeastern Wisconsin make the trip here to Wauwatosa because if you’re going to go to the dentist, why not go to one you like and trust.