Treatment for Gum Disease
Caring for your gums is vital for your oral and overall health. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or gingivitis, can impact the health of your teeth and put you at risk for other serious health conditions. Gum disease has been linked to stroke, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as tooth loss. Our experienced dental team at Laguna West Dental Care can help you prevent and treat gum disease with our innovative dental care options.
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the gum tissue. When bacteria is allowed to flourish, gum tissue can be attacked. This can lead to receding gums, bone loss and tooth loss. If the bacteria that causes gum disease enters the bloodstream, there can be a risk for other health problems.
Treatment for gum disease includes deep cleanings and disinfecting the teeth and gum tissue. When home oral care is not enough, professional dental cleanings to remove tartar and diseased gum tissue may be needed to restore gum health. Periodontal disease is progressive. Catching it early and beginning treatment can stop the progression and even reverse damage to the gum tissue.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is often caused by a lack of oral hygiene. When plaque and tartar accumulate on the teeth, bacteria can hide and begin infecting the gum tissue. Certain health conditions can increase the risk of gum disease, even with excellent oral hygiene. The first symptoms of gum disease or gingivitis may include swollen gums, bleeding, tender gum tissue, bad breath and receding gums.
Gum disease is treatable. In many cases, oral health can be restored with a few simple treatments when the disease is caught in the early stages. Routine checkups and cleanings can help prevent gingivitis and detect the early signs of infection. Contact our office if you have symptoms of gum disease or to schedule a checkup.