The normal routine is to wake up to the chiming of your alarm at around 5 am. You hit the snooze button a couple of times and finally, you roll out of the bed. Next, there’s the search for your glasses, your hands fumbling in the dark on your nightstand. You put them on and make your way to the sink to brush your teeth. Still half asleep, you become fully conscious when you notice the blood on your gum line and in the sink. You’re wondering what’s the cause of this and how to fix it. Your local dentist says that you may need gum disease treatment of Bend, and the best thing to do is schedule a visit. He also has more information to share about this condition as you read further.
Gum disease is a condition that exists in three phases, the severity of its symptoms increasing with each stage. They are:
Gum disease is caused by the accumulation of bacteria and plaque on your teeth and gums, due to poor oral hygiene. The bacteria infiltrators leave acid trails that cause the decay of your your teeth and gums.
You can treat the early stages of gum disease with proper oral hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing at least twice a day. However, if you’ve allowed plaque to build up over time, the only way to remove it is with a professional cleaning from your dentist.
For advanced cases of periodontitis, the following may be employed:
As always, prevention is the order of the day. Contact your dentist to schedule your semi-annual visits so that you don’t have to seek the more invasive treatment options. A thorough cleaning and examination from your dentist in Bend will ensure that a minor problem doesn’t become major, and you can be confident in your oral health.
About the Author
Dr. Joshua Prentice earned his BS degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma. He then went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma at the College of Dentistry. He practices at Ponderosa Dental Center and can be reached for more information through his website.