Treatment for Gum Disease
Gum disease is prevalent among adults over thirty and is a leading cause of tooth loss. When the gum tissue becomes infected, it pulls away from the teeth. This can lead to tissue and bone loss, loosening the structure holding teeth in place. Gum disease is also a risk factor for serious health conditions such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, pregnancy issues and cardiovascular problems.
Treatment starts with clearing away the bacteria, plaque and tartar that are associated with gum disease. Deep cleanings, medications for infection and even surgical techniques can be used in treatment. The goal is to stop the infection and allow the gums to heal to restore a healthy mouth.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease begins with bacteria hiding in nooks and crannies within the mouth. These bacteria create plaque that can harden into tartar. This process can irritate the gums, causing them to swell and become red and tender. You may notice they bleed easily when you brush your teeth or eat hard foods. Eventually, they can begin pulling away from the teeth, leaving larger pockets between the teeth and gums for bacteria to hide.
Gum disease is serious and should receive immediate treatment. The good news is that when it is caught early, it can be reversed. Dr. Duraes and our hygienist team at Blooming Smiles Dental Studio can help you fight gum disease with effective treatments and preventive care. Contact us today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup to keep your gums healthy.