If you need gum treatment, it may sound like a scary procedure. However, we want you to know that this is fairly common and that we will do everything we can to make sure you are comfortable throughout the process.
Gums are the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is when this tissue becomes infected and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease. Plaque (the bacteria on teeth) is constantly forming, so regular dental care is important to preventing buildup that affects the gums.
If you experience bleeding or swollen gums, gums that are pulling away from your teeth, bad breath or taste, loose or changing teeth, you may have signs of gum disease. If you don’t take proper care of your teeth, smoke or chew tobacco, are pregnant, have diabetes, have crooked teeth, or take certain medications, you may have an increased risk of gum disease. Regular dental exams are important for identifying any symptoms that may develop into a problem.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis can be eliminated by a thorough dental and proper dental care following the cleaning. If gingivitis is not reversed, it can develop into periodontitis, which is advanced gum disease. Almost half of adults over 30 are affected by chronic periodontitis, which can lead to irreversible loss of the tissue and bone that supports your teeth.
Contact us today to schedule an exam so we can determine the health of your gums. Gum disease is preventable with proper care and cleaning.