Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line. If it is left untreated with a evaluation from a periodontist, it can affect the bone that supports your teeth. Our John Day, OR dentist offices offers screening and treatment for gum disease.
Symptoms of gum disease can include:
- Swollen gums
- Tender gum tissue
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it rushes to try to heal and protect the area being threatened. This inflammatory response is designed to kill off bacteria and helps to speed healing.
Unfortunately, when it comes to infections in your mouth, natural responses to infection can create complications. When your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, instead of actively attacking the bacteria, it starts to protect itself by backing away.
If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated by a periodontist, or gum doctor, gums will recede away from your teeth, which can trigger a variety of other dental and oral health problems.
Signs Of Gum Disease
Most people in the early stages of gum disease don't even know they have it. Signs of gum disease may not appear until the disease has advanced to a point that will require you to undergo more invasive treatment to get your smile healthy again.
However, you can be on the lookout for these symptoms of gum disease:
- Loose teeth or teeth separating from each other
- Mouth pain - including swollen and red gums
- Receding gums
- Excessive bleeding after brushing and flossing your teeth
- Mouth sores
- Consistent bad breath that doesn't respond to traditional treatment, like mouthwash
- Noticeable pus between your teeth and gums
- Your partial dentures aren't fitting securely anymore
- A change in the way you bite or the way your teeth fit together
Gum disease hurts millions of people each year and many don't even know they don't have this serious condition until it has advanced to a point that requires treatment by a dentist.
If you're concerned you might be seeing the signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with our John Day, OR periodontist today. Dr. McMillan can assess your gum disease symptoms and create a treatment plan specialized to meet your oral health needs.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Your routine cleaning every six months at John Day Smiles: McMillan, DDS, PC involves scaling your teeth and gumline to remove plaque and tartar and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. McMillan uses to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients concerned with gingivitis.
Gum disease increases your risk of systemic health problems, making it more difficult for your immune system to do its job. Non-surgical gum disease treatment can help you avoid the serious systemic health complications gum disease can cause.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Dr. McMillan is a gum specialist who offers a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, please call our John Day dental office right away to schedule your appointment with Dr. McMillan. We'll be happy to discuss your treatment plan with you and answer any questions you have.
If you’re experiencing dental pain and need to see an emergency dentist, our John Day, OR dentist office will schedule the earliest available appointment.