Caring for your beautiful smile starts below the teeth at the gums. If your gums are unhealthy, they can affect your teeth and overall health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. It also puts you at higher risk for diabetes, stroke and pregnancy complications. Good oral hygiene and regular general dentistry can help prevent gum disease. If you do get a gum infection, we offer effective treatment for gum disease at the Center for Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry.
Gum disease occurs when the bacteria that cause plaque and tartar flourish in the mouth. It is essentially an infection of the gum tissue that can cause inflammation and attack the tissues in the mouth. Treatment involves removing tartar and plaque with deep cleanings and fighting the infection with medication. The sooner treatment is started, the better chance there is of reversing the damage to the gums and teeth.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease doesn’t happen overnight. Plaque and tartar build up over time and irritate the gums. The tissue begins to become swollen and red from the irritation. The tissue may be tender and the gums begin to recede from the roots of the teeth. You may notice they bleed easily, especially when brushing your teeth. Bad breath can also accompany gum disease.
If you have any of the early symptoms of gum disease, scheduling a cleaning and checkup are the first steps to restoring your oral health. Our hygienist will determine the level of periodontal damage and recommend a treatment. Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, can often be treated with deep cleanings at our office accompanied by good oral hygiene habits. The dentist may prescribe a prescription mouth wash to fight the infection and allow the gums to heal. Contact us today to schedule your checkup and protect your gums, teeth and oral health.