Do you have sensitive gums? Does it hurt to floss or brush your smile? You may be developing gum disease. Gum inflammation, or gingivitis, is a precursor to gum disease. Gingivitis occurs when bacteria irritate and inflame the gum tissue. As gingivitis progresses, it turns into periodontitis or gum disease.
Patients with gum disease experience worsening symptoms over time, including gum recession and pain. Dr. Jordan Morris helps patients restore their teeth and gums with gum disease treatment in Sahuarita, AZ. Our dental office also provides additional restorative dentistry treatments for new and existing patients.
Do I Have Gum Disease?
Some of the beginning signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Gum pain
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Swollen gum tissue
- Red gums
Patients with these symptoms have gum inflammation. If nothing is done to reverse gingivitis, patients can experience gum disease with worsening symptoms:
- Gum recession
- Deep gum pockets
- Loosening teeth
Over time, gum disease damages the gum tissue and loosens permanent teeth. Patients with severe gum disease may ultimately require oral surgery and restorative care to replace their teeth. Please let us know if you notice changes in your gum health so we can take steps to stop bacterial buildup and the progression of gum disease.
Treat Signs of Gum Disease in Sahuarita, AZ
If you experience bleeding gums when you brush your teeth, you may need to brush and floss more often. Some patients do not realize the importance of flossing. When you brush your teeth, brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Remember to floss between each tooth to remove food debris from between teeth. Food debris attracts the bacteria that break down the gum tissue.
If your gums continue to bleed, we will recommend professional deep-cleaning treatment. Scaling and root planing remove plaque and tartar from the gum tissue and tooth roots. We will also apply antibiotics to help keep infection at bay. Deep cleaning treatments and antibiotics also help patients who experience chronic gum disease symptoms.
Address Your Gum Health
Do you have early signs of gum disease? Are you experiencing chronic gum issues? Contact our Sahuarita dental office for gum treatment today at 520.412.9162. You may also request your next dental consultation with Dr. Morris on our website.