Putting a Stop to Gum Disease

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Your gums have some important jobs to do. They support your teeth, but they also protect your body from bacteria that can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular problems. So, it’s important that you protect your gums by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing our dentists, Drs. O’Donnell or Galbreath for your routine cleanings and exams. Since gum disease is often painless in the early stages, your dentist may be the first one to spot it. But some of the symptoms of gum disease include tender, swollen and bleeding gums, or gums that are red instead of pink.

If we find gum disease, we may suggest changing your oral care regimen or making some lifestyle changes. Since the primary cause of gum disease is the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth, we may recommend a two-step procedure known as scaling and root planing. This is often done over the course of two visits and may require a local anesthetic. In the first step, scaling, we will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth above and below the gumline. Then in the second step, root planing, we will clean and smooth the roots of your teeth so that they can re-form a healthy attachment to your jaw.    

If you have noticed the early signs of gum disease, or if you are just due for your exam, our dentists will be happy to see you. If you would like treatment for gum disease in Lexington, Kentucky, call ODonnell Family Dentistry at 859-269-4613 today.