Healthy gums are, in many ways, the foundation of good oral health. If you don’t have healthy gums, you could lose your teeth. Studies have shown that gum disease is also linked to much more serious health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, to name just two. Because healthy gums are such a vital part of good oral health and overall health, Dr. Baines is pleased to offer periodontal care to his patients from throughout the Austin, TX, area.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
Through early diagnosis and consistent periodontal care, gum disease can be effectively treated and completed alleviated in most patients. Fortunately, there are usually several signs that indicate a patient is suffering from gum disease or is in danger of developing it. If your gums are tender, swollen, and/or bleed easily, these could all be signs. Receding gums may also be an indicator. During your regular exam and cleaning, your hygienist may measure the depth of pockets that form in the gum tissue around your teeth. If these pockets are deep, it may be an indicator that gum disease is present, or that you are at risk of developing it.
While it’s true that poor oral hygiene habits often causes gum disease, there are other factors that may put you at a higher risk for developing problems with your gums. Diabetic patients are more prone to gum disease, for example, and certain medications may also heighten your risk. The good news is that early diagnosis and treatment can often reverse gum disease completely.
Periodontal Care and Treatment and Maintenance
Dr. Baines may recommend a variety of treatments to combat gum disease. Which specific procedures will be needed depends to a large extent on how far the condition has advanced before treatment begins. If you are in the early stages, a deep cleaning may be all you need. If you’re in the latter stages of the condition, Dr. Baines may recommend oral surgery and/or medication. Whatever treatment is prescribed, it’s absolutely necessary that you follow up with a consistent daily oral hygiene routine at home. That routine should include flossing at least once a day. There are other tools available as well, such as toothbrushes and water devices specifically designed to promote gum health. Using an anti-gingivitus mouthwash can add to the effectiveness of your at-home routine as well.
Contact Our Office Today
For more information about periodontal care, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Baines, contact our Austin, TX, office today.