Healthy teeth depend on healthy gums. At Allen Dentistry, we deliver top quality periodontal care to ensure your gums are protected against disease and infection. Gum disease is a common oral condition, but it is one that can wreak havoc on your smile and compromise your overall health. At its earliest stages, gum disease is very treatable with improved oral hygiene or a deep cleaning. However, if gum disease is neglected, it can result in gum recession, bone loss and eventual tooth loss. Gum disease is an infection that can enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation in the entire body. It has been linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease and premature births in pregnant women. Therefore, the professionals at Allen Dentistry always take your gum health seriously.
If gum disease is detected during your routine exam, Dr. Nylander will recommend dental treatment depending on the severity of your condition. Scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning, is commonly used to eradicate early gum disease. This deep cleaning removes the plaque and calculus buildup from beneath the gum line, and it smooths out the rough surfaces of the tooth to encourage the gum tissues to reattach. Whether you suffer from gingivitis or advanced periodontitis, you can trust that we will offer the most proven and advanced methods to restore your smile health.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Most cases of gum disease begin with poor brushing and flossing. The culprit behind gum disease is bacterial growth, which develops from plaque accumulation on your teeth and gums if they are not properly cleaned. As these bacteria build up, it begins to destroy the surrounding tissues and bone, leading to serious consequences in your oral health. Disciplined brushing and flossing as well as routine professional cleanings can successfully remove this plaque before it fosters gum disease.
At Allen Dentistry, we take the time to educate patients on the specific risk factors for gum disease, which can range from family history and diabetes to smoking and crooked teeth. It is also imperative that you understand the symptoms of gum disease so that you can seek treatment as soon as possible. Common warning signs for periodontal disease include the following:
- Deep pocket depth
- Receding gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pain or irritation in the gums
If you are concerned about your gum health, we can help you at Allen Dentistry. Remember that your gums are the foundation of your dental health, and they need proper attention through all stages of your life. Our family dental practice is proud to be equipped with the state-of-the-art periodontal care our patients need to achieve a healthy, long-lasting smile. Contact us today to schedule your deep cleaning or other gum disease treatment.