Healthy Gums. Happy Smile.
Many times, when we hear “dental care,” we often think of our teeth. The reality is, our gums play just as important of a role in our oral health as our teeth do. In fact, if your gums are not properly cared for, you’re at risk for developing periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that half of Americans over the age of 30 suffer from some form of the disease.
Causes of Gum Disease
The main culprit of gum disease is bacteria. Bacteria is common in the mouth. However, when it mixes with saliva, it forms a sticky, colorless substance called “plaque” that adheres to the surface of the teeth. Regular brushing and flossing can remove plaque from your teeth, but if left to accumulate, plaque turns into tartar, a harder-to-remove coating. Professional cleanings from a skilled hygienist can remove tartar, but the longer it’s left to sit on the teeth, the more harmful the bacteria becomes.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Are they receding, swollen, or red? These are all signs of gum disease. Contact our office to begin treatment at the first sign of gingivitis, the beginning stage of periodontal disease. The earlier we intervene, the easier it is to reverse the damaging effects of the disease.
We treat gum disease with laser therapy and topical antibiotics when needed. Your natural teeth are always the best, so if we can save your tooth through periodontal therapy, that’s our priority. We only extract a damaged tooth as a last resort.
We’re ready to help you find the balance of oral health between your teeth and your gums. Call us today to review your case and get started on the path to better periodontal health.