Did you know that gum disease affects more than half of all adults in the United States and can have serious consequences if left untreated? In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and has been linked to a number of conditions affecting your overall health. We utilize leading-edge technology and methods of care to prevent, detect and treat gum disease. Our dentist focuses on prevention and early intervention to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout your life.
Your teeth and gums have an interdependent relationship, which means healthy teeth depend on the support of healthy gums and vice versa. By brushing, flossing and visiting our dentist for regular examinations and teeth cleanings, you are taking important steps towards preventing gum disease. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, which is a sticky film that harbors millions of harmful bacteria. When plaque accumulates below the gum line, it infects and inflames the tissues supporting the teeth, causing gum disease. The initial phase of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis and may not present with any overt symptoms or discomfort early in its onset. However, you may notice bleeding or swelling around your gums, especially when you brush and floss. To accurately diagnose gingivitis, our dentist will perform a comprehensive examination, using advanced digital radiography, as needed. We may recommend a two-part periodontal treatment called scaling and root planning, which involves cleaning the plaque from beneath the gums, then smoothing the root surfaces of the teeth to help the gums reattach. Treating gingivitis early on stops it from progressing to a more advanced stage of gum disease.
We emphasize preventive care to halt the onset and progress of gum disease. Our dentist delivers precise, gentle treatment and keeps you at ease throughout every visit. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.