Managing gum disease in patients - Everything to know!

Managing gum disease in patients - Everything to know!

Managing gum disease in patients - Everything to know!

Gum disease is the inflammation caused by oral bacteria that is left untreated. This bacteria forms around the teeth, creating plaque that clings to the enamel and below the gum line.

Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a multifactorial disease of the oral cavity. It is a very common condition. Its prevalence has been reported to be 70% to 84%. It starts with inflammation in the gum. This inflammation causes bleeding from the gum.

Diagnosis of Gum Disease

For patients experiencing problems related to gum disease, your dentist will need to perform a thorough examination to assess the severity of the condition. The examination will include looking at your medical history, your dental history, and screening for other risk factors.

Your dentist will also ask you questions about your symptoms and oral hygiene habits, such as your frequency of brushing and flossing. This will help your dentist determine the presence or absence of gum disease and decide on the best course of treatment.

Treatment of Gum Disease

Most cases of gum disease can be treated with deep cleanings or gum grafts. However, advanced gum disease may require surgical treatment. Gum surgery can help stop the spread of infection, repair damaged tissue, and improve the health of the gums.

Preventing gum disease

Gum disease is an inflammatory disease, and once it hits, it can progress quickly. This is why regular dental check-ups and cleanings are so important. During your visit, we will remove plaque and tartar buildup to prevent buildup. We will also check for symptoms of gum disease, such as red and swollen gums.


The bacteria in your mouth create plaque, which builds upon the teeth. When you don’t clean your teeth properly, they can harden into tartar. Your gums can become irritated and inflamed as a result. This inflammation is called gingivitis. If left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis.

Once you know that you have gum disease, it is important to schedule an appointment with a dentist right away. If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, receding gums, and even infection in the bone, all of which can be painful and detrimental.

Seeking treatment with a dentist right away can help stop gum disease from progressing and help maintain healthy gums. During your appointment, the dentist or hygienist will check for signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, loose teeth, and redness. They’ll use a probe to measure the pocket depth between your gums and teeth, and may use X-rays to check for bone loss.

To learn more about our prosthodontic treatments, visit the ZM Dental office at 14502 N Dale Mabry Hwy #102, Tampa, FL 33618. You can also reach us at (813) 513-5045 and schedule an online appointment.

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