Treatment for Gum Disease
Caring for your smile means more than just your teeth. At the base of your oral health is your gums and they need protection and care to keep gum disease at bay. Gum disease affects millions of adults, an estimated half of adults over the age of thirty. As the leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease should be taken seriously. With general dentistry from River Ranch Dental, we can help you prevent and treat gum disease at our office in Midlothian.
Gum disease treatment depends on the level of progression. Gum disease starts at gingivitis. If not treated, gingivitis can turn into moderate or advanced periodontal disease. Gingivitis can usually be treated with deep cleanings and medications to fight gum infection. More advanced forms of periodontal disease may require more extensive treatments to remove the cause of infection and heal the gum tissue.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that grow on and around the teeth. The gums become irritated and inflamed from exposure to these bacteria that are found in plaque and tartar. Once the inflammation begins, the gums can become red, swollen, and tender. They may bleed when you brush or floss, noticeable when you rinse after oral care. When you notice these symptoms, it is time to schedule a cleaning and checkup at our office.
Our hygienist can inspect your gums for disease. If gingivitis or more advanced gum disease is present, the hygienist and dentist will formulate a plan for treatment. When caught early, gum disease is reversible. Even later stages of periodontal disease can be effectively treated, preventing tooth loss and other health issues linked to gum disease.
Regular cleanings and checkups can help prevent gum disease. Contact River Ranch Dental today to schedule your next cleaning or to begin treatment for gum disease.