Treatment for Gum Disease
The gum tissue that surrounds your teeth is vital for a healthy smile. This tissue provides nourishment and support for your teeth. When infection and disease take hold in the gums, the tissue can recede away from the teeth. Bone loss can occur, and the teeth can become loose. You may lose teeth and be put at higher risk for other health problems. At Clover Smile Studio, we help our patients prevent, control and reverse gum diseases with effective general dental treatments to keep gum tissue healthy.
Gum, or periodontal, disease is extremely common in adults over the age of thirty. While good oral hygiene is essential to prevent gum disease, other factors like smoking and certain health conditions can impact the likelihood of getting periodontal disease. Treatments depend on the severity and stage of the gum disease. Early stages can be reversed with deep cleanings from our hygienist when paired with home oral care. More advanced stages may require root scaling and planing, medications and even periodontal surgery.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that can cause infection and inflammation in the gum tissue. These bacteria can be removed with flossing and brushing, but some can hide in areas that cannot be reached with home oral care. Routine cleanings at our office can help prevent gum disease by removing tartar and thoroughly cleaning the teeth.
Gum disease does not occur overnight and progresses in stages. You can have gingivitis or a beginning level of gum disease without any noticeable symptoms, but eventually some evidence will become evident. Symptoms include:
- Receding gums
- Swollen or red gum tissue
- Chronic bad breath
- Bleeding gum tissue
If you have any of these symptoms, it is time to schedule a checkup and cleaning. Gum disease is treatable and can often be reversed in the early stages. Contact our office today to schedule your checkup, and let us help protect your smile with health care for your gums and teeth.