Receiving Gum Treatment in Louisville, KY

by | Feb 4, 2014 | Dentist

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Springhurst Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is seeing an increase in one particular area of dentistry: gum disease. Although dentists see this as a major problem, most patients ignore it until they are diagnosed, because there is usually no pain beforehand. So, what is gum disease? It is an issue that affects the periodontium (the area around the tooth), altering the bone support that holds the tooth, and ultimately leading to tooth loss. It will initially manifest as gingivitis, then later become periodontitis (periodontal disease).

Gingivitis is characterized by inflammation of the gingiva, without the involvement of the bone surrounding the tooth. It manifests as a red, edematous gingiva, bleeding easily. It is one of the most common human diseases, and is very common in all age groups (up to 75% of young people 20 to 25 have the disease). It is very important to cure gingivitis early, because it can eventually turn into periodontitis. Most importantly, the disease is reversible, and can be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing. Gum treatment in Louisville, KY at Springhurst Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is also very necessary through your local dentist.

What is the cause of periodontal disease (periodontitis)?
It is caused by a bacteria that accumulates in plaque, which is glued around the teeth and, if not eliminated, is inserted between the tooth and gum. These bacteria create toxins that damage, and inflame gums. It can move below the gums, migrating through the tooth root, destroying the bone that holds the teeth in place.

Certain conditions are detrimental to the development of periodontitis, such as:

  • Genetics (some people are particularly susceptible to periodontitis);
  • Use of tobacco;
  • Stress;
  • Pregnancy, puberty and menopause;
  • Drugs (oral contraceptives, antidepressants, and certain heart medications can promote development);
  • Grinding or clenching teeth tightly. Springhurst Dentistry Gum treatment can repair this sort of issue. Just schedule an appointment with one of the dentists.
  • Diabetes;
  • Malnutrition; and/or
  • Other systemic diseases.
  • What are the symptoms and signs of periodontal disease (periodontitis)?

Some or all of the following may be a sign of the disease:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing your teeth, or sometimes spontaneously;
  • Redness of the gums;
  • Gums separate from the teeth;
  • Occurrence of abscesses, separation between the teeth and gums;
  • Bad breath that does not go away (halitosis);
  • Loose teeth (mobility);
  • Gaps between them; and/or
  • Teeth feeling cold.

For more information about Gum treatment in Louisville, KY, contact Springhurst Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today.


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