Treatment for Gum Disease
General dental care is not just about protecting the health of your teeth. It also includes caring for your gum health. The tissue that surrounds your teeth is vulnerable to infection and disease that can cause tooth loss. You could be at a higher risk for strokes, type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems. At Taylor Dental & Implant Center, we are committed to helping our patients achieve the highest level of oral health, including preventing and treating gum disease.
Essentially, gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue. This is a prevalent issue, affecting an estimated 50% of adults over the age of thirty. Once the gum tissue is infected, the gum tissue can begin receding from the gums and the tissue can begin to breakdown. Eventually, the jaw bone can lose density, and teeth can become loose or fall out. Plus, the bacteria that cause gum disease can enter the bloodstream and put your body at risk for other health issues.
Treatment of gum disease involves stopping the infection and helping the gum tissue heal. This includes removing the bacteria that cause the infection. The bacteria hide in tartar and crevices on the teeth. Thorough cleanings are needed to remove all tartar, plaque and bacteria. We also may prescribe special mouthwash that can be used to kill the bacteria between professional cleanings at our office.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gum, or periodontal, disease is progressive. It starts when the bacteria flourish in the mouth. Plaque and tartar buildup are the first issues, and the gums can become irritated and inflamed. Symptoms include red, swollen gums that may bleed easily. The gum tissue can be tender and patients with the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, may have bad breath. The infection can continue to progress if treatment is not initiated.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, but it is preventable and treatable. Routine checkups and cleanings are the best prevention. If you need treatment, we can provide it at Taylor Dental & Implant Center. Contact us today to schedule your next checkup.