Gum disease can very seriously compromise your oral health as well as your overall health if left untreated.
Seeing a dentist regularly can prevent gum disease and allow for early diagnosis and more conservative treatment.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
The initial symptoms include:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Gum tenderness
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
When periodontal conditions are left untreated, it can cause more serious issues, like:
- Gum recession
- Pockets around the teeth
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
- Jawbone deterioration
- Increased risk of conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes
If you experience any symptoms of periodontal disease, get in touch with us right away. We're ready to help!
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Treatment for Gum Disease
Root Scaling and Planing
Our doctors treat gum disease by performing a special type of cleaning, known as deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing. This procedure involves removing plaque and bacteria from the tooth surface and below the gum line, and then smoothing the root surface to make it more difficult for bacteria to accumulate. Often, this procedure will halt the progress of the disease, and no further treatment will be required.
In very mild cases of gum disease, it's just a matter of undergoing a professional cleaning and getting acquainted with better oral hygiene practices. If your techniques aren't dialed in, it can be easier than you think to let plaque accumulate in hard-to-reach places. Our dentists can help you reverse the earliest stages of gum disease (gingivitis) and maintain your oral health by teaching you the most effective ways to brush and floss.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
To keep your teeth plaque-free, thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice daily. Patients should use a soft-bristled brush and pay special attention to the areas near the gum line.
In addition, it is important to floss each day. Only dental floss can remove plaque at the gumline and in between the teeth.
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