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When you flash a healthy, beautiful smile you are showing off not just your teeth but your gums. Both are required to have an appealing smile without issues. So what does it say when gum disease is still prevalent when it comes to oral health today? How does this happen, when we have easier access than ever to ADA approved products toothbrushes, toothpaste, different dental flosses, and oral rinses to get rid of plaque-causing bacteria, not to mention professional dental cleanings?

But unless you use these tools to maintain your dental hygiene every single day, and have routine checkups and cleanings every six months, you are vulnerable to gingivitis (the early stage of gum disease) as built-up plaque irritates your gums. This irritation turns into inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding, and tenderness in your gums. Fortunately, this is fairly easy to treat and reverses the condition.

If gingivitis is left to continue, it will worsen. Then, you can find your gums pulling back from the teeth and creating pockets where plaque can build up, your teeth will then start to loosen and even fall out, and your bone material that supports the teeth will deteriorate.

To treat gum disease when it is still in the early stages, you will likely need to up your daily oral hygiene care. This means brushing at least twice a day, flossing once, and rinsing away any lingering bacteria with an antimicrobial rinse. With advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, treatment might vary, including more frequent visits for dental cleanings, deep cleanings that involve scaling and root planing, taking antibiotics for the infection, and possibly gum surgery.

Drs. Joseph Kayne and Eric Tidwell in Provo, Utah, are here to help you keep your gums in top notch condition. We invite you to schedule a periodontal treatment with our Rock Canyon Dental team at 801-373-6362.