By River Forest Dental Studio
April 28, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Healthy teeth are clean and strong, while healthy gums are pink and firm. Oral hygiene is the key to keeping your whole mouth in good condition, and if your gums are suffering, your teeth will too.

Gum disease can develop and spread if left untreated, making it imperative to recognize the early signs. Your dentist at River Forest Dental Studio in River Forest, IL, can help you identify and treat gum disease before it worsens, and restore your oral health to its best.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by the growth of bacteria. As the bacteria multiplies and spreads, the gum tissue becomes damaged and can weaken your teeth and jawline, possibly resulting in tooth loss.

Poor oral hygiene, including infrequent brushing and lack of flossing, can contribute to gum disease, as can a poor diet, smoking or nicotine use, genetics, some health conditions, or medications that cause excessive dry mouth.

What are the early signs of gum disease?

Signs of gum disease include red and swollen gums, chronic bad breath, loosened teeth, receding gum line or pockets in the gum tissue called abscesses. You may experience bleeding when brushing and flossing your teeth, or even when eating, and tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold items.

How can gum disease be treated?

Your dentist at our River Forest, IL, office will examine to determine the degree of your gum disease and provide treatment as required by the severity. Many cases of gum disease can be treated with an intensive professional cleaning. Your dentist will remove plaque and tartar buildup and thoroughly clean each tooth and along the gums and rinse your mouth. Your dentist may also apply an antibiotic or antimicrobial solution to kill germs and promote healing.

Severe cases of gum disease may require dental surgery, especially if you have developed deep abscesses.

Contact your dentist at River Forest Dental Studio in River Forest, IL, if you are experiencing early signs of gum disease. Call us at 708-366-6760.


Gina Piccioni, D.M.D. and John G. Hartmann, D.D.S.

River Forest, IL Dentist

River Forest Dental Studio