What is a gum infection and how is it treated?
How do I know if I have gum disease?Gum disease can produce several signs and symptoms. Some of the most common include:
- Bad breath
- Bright red, inflamed gums
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Tooth loss
GingivitisGum disease begins as gingivitis which is characterized by inflamed, red gums that sometimes bleed. It’s caused by a plaque buildup on the teeth and can generally be remedied with improved oral hygiene and frequent professional cleanings.
PeriodontitisThis is the advanced stage of gum disease and occurs when the plaque buildup begins to extend below the gum line. Bacteria can cause inflammation and pockets to form as the gum pulls away from the teeth. Eventually the infection can damage the bone and lead to tooth loss.
Treatment for gum diseaseDr. Bernstein always strives for the most conservative treatment option available. In many cases of gum disease, non-surgical treatments such as teeth cleanings, increased maintenance appointments or scaling and root planing can eliminate the infection. Regardless of the treatment, patients should continue with more frequent professional cleanings to keep the gums healthy.
The best method for managing gum disease is to practice proper oral hygiene at home and maintain regular professional dental care. To learn more, call Dr. Bernstein today at 248.636.2100.
Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S
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With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Bernstein is a renowned cosmetic dentist and is passionate about providing the best for his patients, making him a respected pillar of trust amongst his community. He possesses a Masters in Biochemistry - WSU School of Medicine, and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery - University of Detroit.He is presently a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Diplomate in the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD) to name a few.
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