FAQ: All About Gum Disease

Do you notice a small amount of blood in the sink after brushing or flossing your teeth? If so, you may be experiencing the early signs of gum disease progression. Dr. Engelberg, your local Arlington Heights, IL dentist, is here to help you better understand your gum health and how to protect your gums from the symptoms of gum disease. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding gum disease:

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a common dental concern caused by hardened food residue on your dental structures. If allowed to remain on your dental structures long enough, these residues will become plaque or tartar, which is more difficult to remove. If the plaque and tartar buildup is not removed in a timely manner, the bacteria will begin to eat away at your healthy soft tissues, causing a wide range of symptoms.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

The early stage of gum disease is called “gingivitis.” During this stage, you may notice that your gums bleed when your brush or floss your teeth. This is an indication that the plaque and tartar buildup is beginning to irritate your gums and cause increased sensitivitiy. If allowed to progress, gum disease may cause additional symptoms like bad breath. gum recession, gum swelling, or even tooth loss.

Is gum disease preventable?

To prevent gum disease, we recommend that patients visit our office twice a year for routine preventative care appointments. During routine preventative care appointments, we will provide you with a thorough dental cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup along your gum line. This stops gum disease progression in its tracks and restores the health of your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing twice a day will also help prevent gum disease progression.

My gum disease is severe. What are my treatment options?

If your gum disease has progressed past the beginning stages and has begun to cause more severe symptoms, you may need periodontal disease treatment options. Dr. Engelberg offers periodontal disease treatment options in our Arlington Heights, IL dentist office. A common method of periodontal therapy includes a procedure known as scaling and root planing, a thorough cleaning technique performed in our office which removes plaque from the tooth roots and deep recesses of the gums. Your treatment plan may also include the use of dental lasers to remove damaged and diseased tissue, enabling the gums to heal.