Your gums are vital to your smile and your overall health. If they become infected and succumb to gum disease, you may have many serious consequences. Gum disease can cause bone and tooth loss; it is the leading cause of premature tooth loss. Plus, the bacteria that are prevalent in gum disease can put you at higher risk for many other health issues, including stroke and diabetes. At Mercy Dental, we strive to help our patients prevent gum disease through general dentistry. When gum disease is already present, we can help fight this disease with effective treatment options.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria, plaque and tartar in the mouth. Regular brushing and flossing can quell the bacteria that cause plaque, tartar and eventually gum disease, but it is difficult to remove all the bacteria through home oral care alone. If plaque hardens to tartar in hard-to-reach areas, it can irritate the gum tissue and begin the early symptoms of gum disease, which include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing
- Halitosis or bad breath
- Receding gums
- Tender, sensitive gum tissue
The early stage of gum or periodontal disease is referred to as gingivitis. At this stage, our dentist and hygienist can create an effective treatment plan. If caught early, gum disease can be stopped and even reversed, restoring healthy gum tissue. Depending on the severity of the gum disease, our dental team can use various treatment options, including deep cleanings, medications to fight infection, and scaling and root planing.
Prevent gum disease with routine checkups and cleanings. If you already have gingivitis or gum disease, start treatment now. Contact Mercy Dental today to begin treatment and restore your oral health.