Gum disease is a progressive disease. The longer it is left untreated, the worse it will get. To avoid problems with gum disease you need to consider two things. You need to learn how to spot the problem and you need to understand how to treat gum disease. There is a process for diagnosing gum disease that involves both the individual and our dental professionals.
Starts at Home
The diagnosis of gum disease starts at home. It is a good idea to learn the signs of gum disease so that you can spot problems before they become a bigger problem. Common signs of the onset of gum disease include:
Inflammation or redness of the gums
Swelling of the gums
It is best to do self-examinations as part of a regular oral hygiene routine.
What We Look For
Our dental professionals use a variety of tools to help diagnose gum disease. It starts with a health history that includes not only the individual, but the family history. This can provide clues that gum disease has begun.
Our next tool is the visual examination. With the help of tools, we can take a close look for any of the signs of plaque buildup and the start of gum disease. It is a good idea to have this type of examination done twice a year along with a professional cleaning.
In addition to our knowledge and the visual examination, there are other tools to help diagnose gum disease. A variety of x-rays can take a look at what happens beneath the gum tissue. It gives a good view of any pockets that were not spotted during the visual examination.
The examination allows us to determine how far along the gum disease is. It helps us determine the best course of treatment to provide the best outcome. It is always best to diagnose gum disease in its earliest stages, but that does not mean we cannot figure out a plan to treat it whenever we diagnose it.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact the professionals at our office for an appointment today.
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