What is Gum Disease and How to Treat It?
Teeth are the most often part of the mouth people think of when they think about taking care of their smile. Yes, your teeth are important, but your gums play a huge role in your oral and overall total body health.
Have you noticed your gums bleeding during brushing? If so, it is probably time to talk to your Summerfield Family Dentist. When gum disease is caught early, treatment is much easier and can be reversed in most cases.
Call Summerfield Family Dentistry Today for an Examination! 336-643-1440.
The Low Down on Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs when bacteria and plaque buildup on the surface of a tooth and the gum line resulting in inflamed gums and susceptible to bleeding. Early stages allow for damage reversal because the teeth are still attached to the gums. Unfortunately, if left untreated, gingivitis slowly develops into periodontitis.
Once the disease moves into later stages, the gums will start to pull away from the teeth forming pockets that harbor bacteria and food debris.
Gum Disease – Common Signs
We cannot stress the importance to stay in tune with your health to make sure your smile remains in great shape. Here are some of the most common signs of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loosening teeth
- Receding gums
- Swollen & tender gums
- Pain when chewing
What are the Treatments for Gum Disease?
Good news gum disease is treatable. Root plaining and scaling is the common treatment for Gingivitis. This treatment is a thorough deep cleaning of the teeth and gums by a Summerfield Family Dentistry certified hygienist. For periodontitis, laser gum therapy can help reduce pocket size and regenerate gum growth.
Oral Health Care at Summerfield Family Dentistry
Your gum health is extremely important! Make sure you schedule biannual dental cleanings and exams. Do not leave it to just the dental visits. Continue to maintain a great oral hygiene regimen can prevent plaque buildup and keep your smile healthy in between visits. If you have questions about caring for your smile, please contact one of our office today! 336-643-1440