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gum disease

Do You Have Gum Disease?

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | August 1st, 2017

Gum disease refers to the inflammation of the gum line. In advanced cases, it could affect the bone that supports the teeth. Gum disease has three stages – gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.

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Gingivitis is a mild disease that occurs around the teeth. It is commonly a response to plaque that is attached to the surface of the tooth. Gingivitis, if left untreated, can progress to periodontitis.

Periodontitis, also known as pyorrhea, refers to inflammatory diseases that affect the tissues surrounding the teeth. It involves the progressive loss of the alveolar bone that surrounds the teeth. Left untreated, periodontitis can result in the loosening and eventual loss of the teeth.

With advanced periodontitis, the bone and teeth fibers are destroyed, resulting in the loosening and shifting of the teeth. The condition can affect the way you bite, eat and communicate. If therapy cannot cure the disease, the teeth may need to be removed by a dental specialist.


When there is plaque buildup on the teeth, a professional cleaning by a dentist is the only way to remove the hardened tartar. Scaling and root planing are options for treating diseased periodontal pockets and gum infections. Plaque and food debris above and below the gum line must be removed using ultrasonic or manual scaling. Laser treatment may also be used to remove tartar deposits.

Home remedies may help alleviate gum disease. You can try mixing mustard oil and a quarter teaspoon of salt to prevent receding gums. Mustard oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Massage the mixture into your gums for five minutes two times daily. Mustard oil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help diminish bacteria in the gums. Mustard oil can also help hasten the repair of gum tissue and improve blood circulation in the gums.

If you live in or around Weber County and have gum problems, consult your Roy dentist right away. If you need restorative gum work, visit a Roy cosmetic dentistry office.

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