Rochester Family Dentist Explains Destructive Gum Disease

Excellent Gum Health with Your Rochester Family Dentist

family healthy smilesIn the course of your family’s dental health care, one or more members of your family may encounter destructive gum disease, which can lead to the loss of one or more permanent teeth if allowed to run rampant. Unlike a cavity, which often generates a toothache to warn a patient of its presence, gum disease may not cause discomfort until significant damage has already been done. The disease begins with a bacterial infection resulting from excessive plaque buildup along a patient’s gum line. Certain microbes found in plaque release toxins that specifically target the connective tissue between gums and teeth, while others incite periodontal inflammation that can hasten the onset of gum disease. As a dedicated family dentist in Rochester, Dr. Calcagno can help you spot the early signs of gum disease and reverse or control the infection before it destroys your periodontal health.

A Close Eye on Gum Health

Do you notice a small amount of blood mixed in with your saliva when brushing and flossing your teeth? Since bleeding gums are rarely painful, many patients mistakenly believe that the condition doesn’t warrant concern. However, bleeding gums, often accompanied by redness and swelling, indicate the onset of gingivitis—the first stage of gum disease. If your gums bleed even slightly, schedule a consultation as soon as possible to increase the chances of successful treatment. Dr. Calcagno will also perform a thorough examination during your routine dental checkup, which you should attend at least once every six months. Advanced imaging technology, such as digital X-rays and intraoral cameras, provide clear and precise pictures of your mouth and oral tissues that allow Dr. Calcagno to accurately diagnosis early dental issues, including gingivitis and gum disease.

Regaining Control of Your Oral Health

Effective gum disease treatment depends on the severity of the disease. Gingivitis can typically be reversed with a scaling and root planing (or deep cleaning) that removes bacteria and debris from within periodontal pockets, the small pockets formed by receding gums. During a deep cleaning, Dr. Calcagno will thoroughly clean and polish the roots of teeth underneath periodontal tissue to prevent bacteria from adhering to them. After the procedure, Dr. Calcagno may prescribe antibiotics and/or an antimicrobial mouthrinse to combat bacteria and allow the gum tissue to heal. Maintaining control of your oral health will depend on improved oral hygiene practices and regular professional maintenance as often as Dr. Calcagno recommends.

About Dr. Calcagno:

Dr. Gilly Calcagno is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Minnesota Dental Association, and is active in local dental implant study clubs. To schedule a consultation, call Calcagno Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry today at (507) 281-3659.