Gum Disease

Gum or periodontal disease is a common condition treated at our dental clinic. It is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth and is most commonly caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to build up on the teeth and harden. Gum disease can range from simple gum inflammation, known as gingivitis, to more severe conditions involving soft tissue and bone-supporting teeth damage.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease progresses through several stages:

  1. Gingivitis: This initial stage is characterized by red, swollen gums that may bleed easily. Gingivitis is often reversible with professional cleaning and good oral home care.
  2. Periodontitis: Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. In this stage, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These small spaces between teeth and gums collect debris and can become infected.
  3. Advanced Periodontitis: The final stage of gum disease, where the fibers and bone supporting your teeth are destroyed, causing your teeth to shift or loosen. This can affect your bite; if aggressive treatment can not save them, teeth may need removal.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Common signs of gum disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer-appearing teeth

Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease

The best way to prevent gum disease is good oral hygiene. Best practices include brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily, and getting regular dental checkups. Treatment methods depend on the stage of the disease and may range from non-surgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues.

Our Approach to Treating Gum Disease

We use a comprehensive approach to treat gum disease, starting with a thorough examination to assess the extent of the condition. Treatment may include professional cleaning or scaling and root planing (a deep-cleaning method), medications, and, in severe cases, surgery. We also emphasize patient education and proper home care techniques.

Aftercare and Maintenance

After treatment, it’s vital to maintain good oral hygiene practices to prevent the recurrence of gum disease. We recommend regular follow-up visits to monitor your gums and ensure ongoing health.

Our Commitment to Your Oral Health

Our dental clinic is committed to helping you maintain healthy gums. We understand the importance of treating gum disease for oral and overall health, as it's linked to heart disease and stroke.

Scheduling Your Dental Visit

Regular dental checkups are crucial for early detection and management of gum disease. If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease or it is time for your routine checkup, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team is ready to provide you with the care and information you need to keep your gums healthy.