Gum Disease Treatment
Do your gums look red and puffy? Do they bleed when you brush and floss? Both are symptoms of gum (periodontal) disease, which needs to be treated to protect your overall oral health.
At Lakewood Dental Trails, we provide skilled gum disease treatment to our Temple, TX dental patients. We'll work with you to resolve the problem and restore your gum health.
How Gum Disease Affects Your Oral Health
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, affects as many as one-half of all American adults. Gingivitis and periodontitis are the two main types of gum disease. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, which can lead to periodontitis in its advanced stages. In the early stages, gum disease isn't always accompanied by pain or swelling, which makes it difficult to detect without a comprehensive dental exam at Lakewood Dental Trails.
When detected early with general dentistry, gingivitis is treatable and the effects can be reversed. Treatment options include a professional dental cleaning and treatment regimen by your dental team, in combination with your own routine home oral care.
Much of the impact of gum disease occurs below the gum line, so the effects may occur before you can identify the onset of gingivitis. Patients are often not aware of the presence of gum disease until physical symptoms become pronounced.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Common symptoms of gingivitis include redness, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums from normal brushing or flossing, or under light pressure. Bad breath and sensitivity to hot or cold are also common symptoms of gum disease. As the disease progresses, the gums begin to recede from the teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can form. Pockets in the gums begin to form where food particles can lodge, increasing the risk of infection.
Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. Tooth loss may occur as teeth become loose due to reduced support from the surrounding gums and the effects of decay on the bone tissue. Abscesses result where pus forms, causing pain and increased swelling.
We Can Help You Avoid Gum Disease
Avoiding gum disease is not that difficult, but you have to be committed to a healthy smile. Brush at least twice a day and floss once. If your oral hygiene skills leave something to be desired, your hygienist will be happy to review proper techniques with you. Dental exams and teeth cleanings at our Temple, TX dental office support your at-home oral hygiene habits to help us stay a step ahead of problems like gum disease and cavities. Lakewood Dental Trails today to schedule a teeth cleaning and an exam with us to prevent gum disease before it can begin.
If you're noticing signs of gum disease or it's time or your routine dental exam and cleaning, please call us to schedule an appointment.