Oral health is extremely important to maintain. Without proper care, gum disease can develop, and can turn into periodontitis if left unchecked. Gum disease forms by overpopulation of bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria along with plaque that is not removed, causes inflammation and irritation of the gums. During this time, your gums become tender to the touch, which generally causes people to not want to seek dental attention or brush their teeth for the sake of pain occurring.
The next stage of your gum disease after periodontitis sets in is receding gums, which has the effect of your gums disappearing, causing more of your teeth being visible. This also allows your nerves to be exposed and become sensitive. If these are symptoms you are experiencing, along with bad breath, you should see your dentist for oral care.
For the most part, preventing gum disease isn’t difficult for dentists anymore. The procedures are advanced, and you can even get a head start at home. Fluoride is known to be a great home remedy and is extremely helpful at generally keeping your oral health in check. Along with fluoride, toothpastes that are made for sensitive teeth and gums or contains fluoride is a good idea to start using. Brushing and flossing your teeth alone will not take care of all of the gum disease, so going to a dentist is still advised.
When you go to the dentist, they will do a routine checkup to ensure they know what they are working with, before diving in. Dentists now have technology to help with gum diseases, such as laser treatments. Laser treatments for gum disease allows for a less invasive procedure, with easier recovery. When your dentist decides to use laser treatment, they are using LANAP. LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, which involves no blades or sutures.
If you are dealing with symptoms of gum disease, see your dentist for a consultation. They can go over what you should do to rectify your gum issues, and decide whether you would be a good candidate for LANAP. Call your dentist with any questions or concerns regarding your oral hygiene.