Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is an oral health condition that affects your smile and your overall health. Unfortunately, gum disease often goes unnoticed or untreated and serious consequences can result. At Memorial Park Dental Spa, we take periodontal disease seriously. We carefully monitor your gum health at your regular checkups, and we offer a full range of gum disease treatment and general dentistry options to restore your smile health.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup, a sticky substance that is easily removed with diligent brushing, flossing and routine dental cleanings. When plaque is not removed, it can damage the gums and lead to an infection below the gum line. At this point, periodontal disease has set in and patients may notice the formation of small pockets that separate their gums from their teeth.
Periodontal disease occurs in two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. The earliest and most treatable stage is gingivitis. Patients may experience red, swollen and/or bleeding gums. Periodontitis is a more advanced stage of gum disease that can cause damage to both the gums and the surrounding bone. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and other serious consequences.
We educate patients on the risk factors for gum disease, including smoking, diabetes, crooked teeth, pregnancy, certain types of medication and ill-fitting dental restorations.
If you are experiencing one or more of the following gum disease symptoms, please let us know sooner rather than later so that we can initiate the most effective treatment plan:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
Treating Gum Disease
There are a variety of treatments for periodontal disease. Your treatment plan will depend on the severity of your condition. Dr. Thomas offers advanced non-surgical therapies such as at-home periodontal trays and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning). Patients with more extensive gum disease may require periodontal surgery or laser gum surgery to successfully eradicate the infection.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease from becoming a serious threat to health is to attend your regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations. Patients should also brush and floss on a daily basis and maintain a well-balanced diet. At Memorial Park Dental Spa, we are passionate about the health of your smile. When it comes to periodontal disease, we offer state-of-the-art treatments in the comfortable environment you deserve. To schedule your dental checkup or gum disease treatment, please contact our office today.