September is National Gum Care month and we want to help you keep your family’s gums healthy and strong! Did you know that gum disease is degenerative and occurs because of bad bacteria in one’s plaque? Plaque attacks the sensitive gum tissues and infects them. Over time, the gums can pull away from the teeth they are supporting, leaving you with bone and tooth loss.
You might have periodontal disease if your gums are red, sore, swollen and it hurts to chew. You might have noticed bad breath or your teeth looking “longer” because of receding gum tissue. Depending on how bad your gum disease is, and keep in mind it is a progressive disease, you might need the following:
- Extra professional dental cleanings
- Boosted at-home oral hygiene care
- Antibiotic treatment
- Scaling and root planing (deep dental cleanings)
- Gum surgery
Gum Graft Surgical Treatment
Gum surgery, commonly called a gum graft, builds up your gingival tissue to better support your teeth and changes an uneven gumline so it looks better. This treatment involves stitching grafting tissue over gum areas that need the extra tissue. You might need a soft tissue graft if you have experienced a gingival recession.
Did you know that brushing too hard can lead to the gums receding? Instead of brushing aggressively, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush, you’ll notice a big difference in your gum health! If you currently need help with your gums, a gum graft me be just what the doctor ordered. To learn more, please call the dental team of Jerry L. Butler in Boone, NC, at (828) 264-5858 today!