Can Gum Disease Be Reversed?

Brunette man wearing a plaid shirt smiles against a gray wall after working hard to reverse his gum disease

For many common dental conditions, early detection and treatment are of the utmost importance to maintain your oral health. Gum disease is a serious condition affecting almost half of American adults. But if gum disease is detected in its early stages, our team at Rigby Advanced Dental can often reverse its effects! Keep reading to learn how gum disease develops, how you can keep an eye out for its warning signs, and how we treat it.

What Causes Gum Disease?

The main cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Without proper care, bacteria in your mouth accumulate into a sticky biofilm called plaque. Plaque can then harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Both plaque and tartar irritate gums and cause them to begin receding. Tartar can also sneak up beneath your gumline and cause infection. The earliest stage of this is called gingivitis, or gum inflammation. Gingivitis can often be reversed, but if left untreated it can develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and bone loss.

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease does not develop overnight. Instead, there are warning signs along the way. You are developing gum disease if your gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing, and if you have gums that appear redder than normal or are receding, swollen, or tender. If you notice any of these signs, let our team know!

How Do We Reverse Gum Disease?

If we catch gum disease in its early stages, we can work together to reverse many of its effects. First, you’ll need to improve your oral hygiene routine at home and visit us for a checkup. Our team will perform a professional cleaning on your teeth to remove plaque and tartar that is irritating your gums. If your gum disease has developed beyond the gingivitis stage, our team will come up with an individualized treatment plan to restore your oral health.

How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and floss at least once each day, and keep up with regular visits to our office. Additionally, only chew sugar-free gum, drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet, and don’t use tobacco products. To ask our team any questions about gum disease or to schedule your next appointment, contact us today!

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