Periodontal (gum) disease affects not only your gums and teeth, but can lead to more evident problems elsewhere. This troublesome infection causes tooth loss and other health problems such as heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes if left untreated.
Bacteria is to blame for gum disease, also referred to as gingivitis in the earliest stages. It presents itself in the form of irritated gums that are red, swollen, and tend to bleed easy. If left untreated, gingivitis can become periodontitis, causing further damage to teeth and gums that’s harder to treat.
That’s why during each checkup, we thoroughly examine your gums for signs of gum disease to make sure teeth and the rest of your body aren’t in danger. Should treatment be required, we’ll assess your personal needs to develop a plan of action. Nonsurgical options like at-home periodontal trays, scaling, deep cleaning work well. Some patients may also require surgery or dental implants, depending on severity of the case.
Good oral hygiene at home is the best way to prevent gum disease, along with a healthy diet and routine visits to our office.