It’s pretty difficult to prevent something if you don’t know much about it in the first place, right? How much would you say you really know about gum disease?
Even if you don’t know a thing about gum disease, you’re in luck! At Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, we love to educate our patients so they are better able to prevent dental issues and keep their mouths bright and healthy.
Below you’ll find a guide to the basics of gum disease so you can better understand the disease, what to look out for, and how it can be treated once you’re diagnosed.
What Causes Gum Disease?
In some cases, it can be difficult to know exactly what caused gum disease to develop in your mouth. But in most cases, the symptoms you’re experiencing and the condition of your mouth can be traced back to one or more of the following causes:
- Hormonal changes
During pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and monthly menstruation your gums can become more sensitive because of hormonal changes. Sensitive gums are more at risk for gingivitis.
Some illnesses may affect your gums, including cancer or HIV which weaken your immune system. Additionally, diabetes affects the way your body uses blood sugar, putting you at a higher risk of developing an infection like gum disease or cavities.
- Certain medications
Certain medications can hinder your production of saliva, leading to a dry mouth. Saliva helps keep your mouth clean by washing away food debris and bacteria. Dry mouth increases your risk of developing gum disease.
Additionally, some medications can cause an abnormal growth of gum tissue. Be sure to mention during your dental checkup what medicines you take.
Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause inflammation in your gums, stain your teeth, and make it harder for gum tissue to repair itself.
- Poor dental hygiene
Proper dental hygiene is essential to a healthy mouth. Not brushing and flossing your teeth daily, or failing to do so properly, can make it easier for gingivitis to occur.
- Family history of gum disease
If you have a family history of gum disease, you’re at a greater risk of developing the disease yourself.
Gum Disease Symptoms
If you notice any of the following symptoms, see a dentist as soon as possible to prevent your symptoms from getting worse or causing more complex health issues:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth
- Red, swollen, or sensitive gums
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- A receding gumline
- Deep pockets between your teeth and gums
- Teeth that are loose or that have shifted
- A change in your bite or the fit of your partial dentures
Gum Disease Treatment In San Antonio, TX
If you are diagnosed with advanced gum disease, don’t panic. There are treatments available to get you back on track toward optimal oral health. At Advanced Dental Associates, we use LANAP® laser treatment to painlessly and efficiently treat advanced gum disease.
The PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser is designed to target only the damaged tissue that we want to remove. Your healthy gums and bone tissue aren’t affected and you experience very little, if any discomfort.
LANAP® is the only laser treatment that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of advanced gum disease. Why put yourself through oral surgery if you can find relief from your symptoms with this state of the art treatment.
Call To Schedule A Consultation & Dental Cleaning Today
If you think you may have gum disease, even if you’re only experiencing one symptom, don’t wait another day to call Advanced Dental Associates. At our San Antonio, TX dental office, we will make sure you get the right diagnosis as quickly as possible, so you undergo whatever treatment is necessary to ensure your mouth is clean and healthy.