Treatment for Gum Disease
Caring for your gums is paramount for oral and overall health. Gum disease is prevalent in adults, especially after the age of thirty. At Gainesville Dental Group, we are committed to helping our patients avoid gum disease when possible, but also offer proactive treatment for gum disease.
Gum disease starts as a bacterial infection, causing inflammation and irritation of the gum tissue. If allowed to progress, the gums can begin to recede and eventually lead to tissue, bone and even tooth loss. Treatment that begins in the early stages of gum or periodontal disease can reverse the effects. Deep cleanings to remove bacteria and stop the infection can help restore healthy gum tissue, protecting the teeth and lowering risks of other serious health issues that have been linked to gum disease.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
When bacteria accumulate on and around the teeth to feed on food debris, they create plaque and tartar. While daily oral care can help remove some of the plaque and bacteria, some may still hide in areas that are difficult to clean. Plaque can harden into tartar which creates a protective housing for bacteria and irritates the gum tissue. Some of the early symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease can include:
- Swollen or inflamed gum tissue
- Red or dark pink gums
- Tenderness or bleeding when brushing
- Bad breath
The best way to fight gum disease is with preventive care. Routine cleanings and checkups can help prevent and identify gingivitis. At the first signs of infection, our hygienist and dentist will create a treatment plan to help reverse and control the progression of gum disease to prevent further damage to your oral health.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or have any of the early symptoms, contact our dental practice to schedule a cleaning and checkup. We can help you fight gum disease to protect your smile and your overall health.