Gum Disease – Gingivitis
Gum Disease – Gingivitis
Gum disease and gingivitis are common oral health concerns that can lead to serious complications if left untreated. At Eagle Dental, we understand the importance of maintaining healthy gums and offer a range of effective treatments to combat gum disease and gingivitis. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to providing personalized care to each of our patients, ensuring that they receive the best possible treatment for their individual needs. Whether you’re experiencing early symptoms of gum disease or have a more advanced case, we’re here to help you achieve optimal oral health.
What is Gum Disease & Gingivitis?
Gum disease and gingivitis are two common conditions that affect the gums surrounding the teeth. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a more advanced form of gingivitis and can cause damage to the bone that supports the teeth. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that is characterized by inflammation of the gums. Both conditions are caused by the accumulation of bacteria and plaque on and around the teeth, leading to infection and irritation of the gums. Without proper treatment, gum disease and gingivitis can cause tooth loss and other serious health problems.
Signs of Gum Disease & Gingivitis
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
- Receding gums that make your teeth appear longer
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Changes in your bite or the way your teeth fit together
- Changes in the color of your gums
It’s important to note that gum disease can often be painless, so it’s important to pay attention to these other symptoms and see us regularly to catch any issues early.
Gum Disease Risks
Gum disease, if left untreated, can lead to various serious health risks. One of the most common risks associated with gum disease is restorative. Gum disease causes the bone and soft tissue to deteriorate, which can lead to loose teeth and eventually tooth loss. Additionally, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other systemic conditions. It has also been linked to complications during pregnancy, such as premature birth and low birth weight. Therefore, it is crucial to seek treatment for gum disease as soon as possible to prevent these potential health risks.
Gum therapy, also known as periodontal therapy, is a non-surgical treatment designed to eliminate gum disease and improve gum health. The goal of gum therapy is to clean the deep pockets formed between the gums and teeth, where bacteria and plaque build-up can cause inflammation and infection. The therapy involves removing the bacteria and plaque from the tooth surface and below the gum line through scaling and root planing. The procedure may also include the use of antibiotics to treat any infection that has spread beyond the gum line. Gum therapy is an effective treatment for gum disease and can prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.
We understand the worry and concern that can come with a diagnosis of gum disease or gingivitis. However, we want you to know that you’re not alone, and we’re here to help. Our team of skilled professionals is dedicated to providing comprehensive gum therapy and personalized treatment plans to help you regain your oral health. Don’t let gum disease hold you back from smiling confidently and living your life to the fullest. Take the first step towards a healthier smile by scheduling a consultation with Eagle Dental.