According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, half of Americans aged above 30 have a form of gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue above the teeth due to bacterial infection. When not treated, it can lead to bone loss and difficulty in eating food. This severe form of gum disease is periodontitis. Our team of dental professionals strives to offer you the best treatment for gum disease and help you know how to maintain a healthy smile.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Our dental team can quickly identify symptoms of gum disease after your initial visit with us. The most common symptom is tender dark red gums. If you experience bleeding and sensitivity when brushing teeth, it might also be a sign of periodontitis. Plaque also forms under the gum line due to harmful bacteria in the mouth. It can lead to receding gums and, in severe cases, tooth loss. Bad breath also comes about from bacteria in the mouth.
Treatment Options of Gum Disease
Our dentists treat gum disease depending on how severe it has become. If you have receding gums, we perform a gum graft surgery to cover the exposed root. If our patients have plaque build-up, we do scaling and root planning to remove it from the tooth's surface. Dental bridges are the best option to replace missing teeth caused by gum disease. We also advise our patients to improve their dental hygiene for strong and healthy teeth. Flossing and brushing twice a day works to remove food particles that cause infections.
Gum disease can lead to tooth loss if not treated. Frequent visits to our dental clinic can help prevent gum disease or catch it early on. You can visit us at our dental clinic if you have any more questions about gum disease. Please call us today to schedule your appointment with us.