When you think about your next dental exam, what worries you most? Are you concerned about cavities? Nervous you may need a root canal? Wondering if it’s time for some teeth whitening?
Do you ever think about your gums?
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues in the US today, yet it is hard to recognize until it is already in the late stages, which makes it harder to treat.
Here in Orlando, Overmeyer Family Dental provides gum disease prevention and treatment using state of the art dental technology.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
One of the difficult things about gum disease is that in the early stages the symptoms are subtle and often undetectable to untrained eyes. There could be no pain at all, although there may be some redness. The most obvious sign of gum disease in the early stages is some bleeding while brushing.
By the time you start experiencing pain, the gum disease may have already gotten fairly serious. At this stage, infection forms in the gum pockets and the gums start to recede from your teeth. This exposes the roots of your teeth, making them more vulnerable to decay. As your gums recede, your teeth will loosen and eventually fall out, having lost their foundation.
One of the reasons it is so important for you to come to our office in Orlando for regular dental examinations is that we can recognize, and treat, the early stages of gum disease when you may not even be aware of the problem.
What Causes Gum Disease
The main cause of gum disease is bacteria that forms in your mouth, but there are a variety of factors that contribute to the growth of that bacteria, and ultimately to the onset of gum disease.
Dry mouth is a major contributor to gum disease. Saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against bacteria. It not only washes bacteria off of your teeth and gums, your saliva contains properties that actually fight bacteria. So, if you are experiencing dry mouth, this is not just an annoyance, it is dangerous to the health of your teeth and gums.
Tobacco use is a major cause of gum disease. Smoking causes dry mouth, and chewing and dipping tobacco leaves particles on your teeth and gums that feed the bacteria that causes gum disease.
Acid is another big factor to developing gum disease. If your mouth becomes high in acid, from food, medication, or tobacco use, then you become more susceptible to gum disease. Again, saliva is important to fighting gum disease because it will restore the chemical balance to your mouth. That is why it is important to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated will ensure your mouth will be able to produce saliva when you need it.
Gum disease occurs when bacteria multiplies inside the gum pockets. The first stage of treatment of gum disease is deep cleaning and antibacterial treatment. If these are not successful, then gum surgery may be necessary.
Gum surgery involve using a scalpel to remove a portion of the gum and reduce the gum pocket and get to the bacteria that are causing all the problems. This is an invasive, and sometimes painful, procedure that requires stitches and a long healing time.
Fortunately, here at Overmeyer Family Dental, we have an alternative to gum surgery.
The LANAP Alternative
LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is a non-invasive way to treat gum disease by getting rid of the bacteria hiding away in the gum pockets without using a scalpel.
This process involves using a laser to remove bacteria, along with hardened plaque that hides bacteria, from the gum pockets.
Most patients experience little to no pain or discomfort whatsoever. And there is very little swelling and bleeding. This procedure is just a successful as gum surgery, with a fraction of the recovery time.
Even though LANAP is painless, it is natural to be nervous or tense during an unfamiliar procedure. Don’t let anxiety about dental work stop you from having your gum disease treated. It will only get much worse if you do.
At Overmeyer Family Dental, we can put your mind at ease with Nitrous Oxide Sedation. It’s safe, fast, and effective in relieving your dental anxiety. So, don’t worry, just come on in and let us take care of you.
Make An Appointment
Don’t let gum disease threaten your health or your smile, come on in to Overmeyer Family Dental and let provide you the quality dental care you need to stay healthy.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.