Did you know that gum or periodontal disease affects over fifty percent of adults over the age of thirty? Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss and can put your health at risk. Strokes, type 2 diabetes, pregnancy complications and more have been linked to gum disease. At Garrisonville Dental, we want to help our patients avoid gum disease with regular cleanings and checkups, but we also offer effective general dentistry treatment for all stages of gum disease.
Gum disease is essentially an infection in the gum tissue. When tartar or calculus accumulates on the teeth, it can irritate and inflame the gums. The bacteria that create plaque and tartar can infect the gum tissue, causing it to recede from the roots of the teeth. This can lead to tooth and bone loss.
Treatment for gum disease involves a thorough cleaning of teeth to remove all bacteria and tartar. Deep cleanings below the gum line can be needed, as well as medications to fight the infection. Once the infection is under control, the gum tissue can heal and be restored to health.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease can be caused by many factors. Oral hygiene, brushing and flossing are important in preventing gum disease as are regular cleanings at a dental office. However, certain health conditions can also play a role in causing gum disease. Symptoms of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing
- Bad breath
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or you have any of the symptoms, contact Garrisonville Dental today to schedule a cleaning and checkup. Our oral hygienist will check the health of your gums and begin a treatment plan to get your gum disease under control. Your smile and oral health are important. Stop gum disease in its tracks by getting the treatment you need.