Healthy gums are an indication of good overall health. Unhealthy gums can be the source of serious general health issues. Stroke, heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, low birth weight, and premature birth have all been linked to gum disease. Fortunately, gum disease, particularly in the early stages, is reversible with general dentistry. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are preventative measures to take so that your gums stay in healthy shape. However, when gum disease does begin in your mouth, early diagnosis and treatment are critical.
Treatment procedures for gum disease depend on the extent of the problem. Caught early enough it could be just a matter of cleaning your teeth thoroughly and prescribing special toothpaste or mouthwash to keep bacteria from building up. Follow-up appointments to monitor progress on healing are called for as well. More involved situations may call for a more extensive cleaning, medication, and/or surgery to deal with the problem and get the gums in shape so that they can heal. An exam by the hygienist will reveal what the best course of action will be in your particular situation.