Treatment for Gum Disease
Periodontal, or gum, disease is a progressive oral infection that can lead to gum tissue damage and tooth loss. An estimated 50% of adults over the age of 30 will have some level of gum disease, and this number increases as you get older. Gum disease usually begins as gingivitis, where it can be effectively treated and even reversed. At Johns Creek Dental Studio, we offer treatment for gum disease and gingivitis at our dental center in Alpharetta, GA.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis and gum disease are caused by the normal bacteria that are constantly in our mouth that feed off the food debris on our teeth. When allowed to flourish, the bacteria create the plaque that covers our teeth, which can harden into calculus or tartar. The bacteria, plaque and tartar can irritate the gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed, swollen and tender. Eventually, the gum tissue will bleed easily and begin to recede away from teeth.
As gum disease progresses, there are many different signs and symptoms of problems. The receding gums can create pockets around the teeth that allow more bacteria to hide and infect the gum tissue. More tartar can accumulate below the gum line, and the gum tissue can begin to deteriorate. Patients may experience bad breath, or halitosis, due to the infected gums. In the later stages, teeth may begin loosening and shifting due to bone and gum tissue loss around the teeth. Eventually, tooth loss will occur from periodontitis.
Treatment for gum disease can begin at any stage, but it is most beneficial in the early stages. Home oral care is vital, including brushing, flossing and using medicated mouthwash to fight gum infection. At Johns Creek Dental Studio, we can perform deep cleanings to remove tartar and plaque, including scaling and root planing when necessary. It is possible to stop the progression of gum disease with the right treatment.
Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss. It can also increase your risk for other serious health issues like cardiovascular disease. Regular checkups and cleanings can identify gingivitis or gum disease and ensure you get the treatment needed. Contact us at Johns Creek Dental Studio to schedule your next checkup at our clinic in Alpharetta.