Your Gums Need Extra Care After Periodontal Disease
Posted on 5/23/2022 by Janie Scholes
Regular dental care is very important regardless of your state of oral health. And it's even more important if you have experienced gum disease. The regular visits you make to a dental office are critical in ensuring that your healed gums remain that way.
What is Gum Disease?
You may develop gum disease if you let dental plaque accumulate in the mouth. Since we are constantly feeding on things that allow plaque to form, it is not possible to prevent the formation of this thin biofilm. But we can stop it from accumulating on tooth surfaces. Dental plaque is made up of bacteria and food debris found in the mouth. A bacterial infection that causes gum disease tends to trigger inflammation within the gums and this inflammation could easily and quickly become chronic. You will realize that people with gum disease constantly battle reddened, swollen, and bleeding gums.
When left untreated, gum disease that is in its early stages can aggressively spread to reach areas deep below the gum line. When this happens, the infection affects your bone. The weak gum tissue detaching from the teeth coupled with bone loss ultimately leads to tooth loss.
Our periodontal team can help stop the infection by removing all soft plaque and the hardened plaque, also referred to as tartar. As the dental specialist removes the plaque, your gums respond by starting to heal and get healthy. As a patient, you also need to maintain proper oral hygiene at home to keep the gums healthy after treatment of gum disease.
Caring for Gums after Gum Disease Treatment
Although our periodontist can arrest the infection, it is possible for gum disease to occur again. Actually, once you have had gum disease, the vulnerability to get another infection is higher. You, therefore, need to visit our dental specialist more frequently for checkups and cleanings besides maintaining your at-home oral hygiene. These upgraded dental visits are referred to as periodontal maintenance (PM). In other words, PM is a continuation of your gum disease treatment. To receive treatment for gum disease or get a PM, contact our dental office.