Treatment for Gum Disease

While caring for your teeth is important, caring for your gums is also vital to your oral and overall health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and can put your health at risk. Many serious medical conditions have been linked to the bacteria that cause gum disease, such as strokes, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and more. Stop gum disease in its tracks with effective treatments from Smile Team Dental.

Prevention is the best course of action for gum disease. Regular home care paired with professional dental cleanings at our office every six months can prevent the beginning of gingivitis or gum disease. However, if you already have symptoms of gingivitis or have health issues that put you at risk, we can provide effective periodontics treatment to stop the progression of this oral disease. If caught early, gum disease can be reversed with deep cleanings and other professional dental treatments.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria around teeth and the gum tissue. Brushing and flossing can remove food and bacteria, but often there are crevices or hard to reach areas that get missed. Bacteria can create plaque that can harden into calculus or tartar. This can irritate the gum tissue, causing the first symptoms of gum disease. Often the gums will appear red and swollen, bleeding easily when brushing or eating crunchy foods.

If left unhindered, gum disease will cause the gums to begin to recede from the teeth. Pockets form between the gum and root, leaving more spots for bacteria to hide. Treatments, including deep cleanings to remove tartar and smooth the roots of the teeth, can restore gum health and stop it from progressing into more advanced periodontitis.

If you have been experiencing symptoms of gum disease or it has been more than six months since your last dental cleaning, contact Smile Team Dental today to schedule an appointment. We can help prevent and treat gum disease to protect your smile and overall health.