Common Gum Issues

Common Gum Issues

Common Gum Issues

If you have been experiencing discomfort because of your gums, you are probably looking for relief. Here are some common gum issues that we treat at our office.

Common Gum Issues | Gum Disease

In the old days, gum disease was called pyorrhea. It starts out as gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. Periodontal disease is also gum disease. What we do when you come in is show the areas that you’re missing. Then there’s a periodontal probe and we measure the space between the tooth and the gum.

If the probe goes between the tooth and the gum, then you really should focus on more gentle flossing, more thorough brushing. If it continues, then Dr. Hamill will recommend having periodontal and root planning. It’s not painful. Some insurances will cover it. We go over your dental hygiene routine and we clean out all teeth effectively. Then the patients are aware what they’re doing, so that this doesn’t happen again.

I had a patient who came in a while ago and she always looked good; her gum tissue was healthy. It was pink. There wasn’t any bleeding. She came in to see me a month ago. She had a lot of plaque that we could remove with just a regular toothbrush. Her teeth were bleeding. Dr. Hamill came in to do the exam. He recommended that she get the quadrant scaling done. We do the upper and lower in two different appointments a few weeks apart. She was concerned. I told her why we were doing this because I do not like to see the bleeding. She had it done. She made another appointment, and we’re back on track.

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Common Gum Issues | Bleeding and Receding Gums

I always ask a patient with receding gums, if their toothbrush looks the same as when it was removed from the box. The bristles should look exactly the same; they should not be mashed up. If they are mashed up, it means that you’re brushing too hard and your gums will recede. Then you will have sensitivity down the road.

Bleeding gums is not normal unless you’re taking Coumadin, or another drug prescribed by your doctor, it might cause the bleeding gums. We would enforce very gentle but thorough brushing, so that when you come in here you will not have an issue.

Common Gum Issues | Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is gum disease. It starts out as gingivitis, and then if somebody does not see a dentist for many years, the deposits from the plaque turn into what’s called tartar, also called calculus. That calculus goes underneath the gum line, and the hygienist or the doctor needs to remove it with an instrument. If the tartar or the calculus is not removed, it continues going around the root area. That is why patients will tell you why they lost their teeth, because of periodontal disease.

Do you have any questions about these common gum issues? Please call our Amherst dentist office today for a free consultation.

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