Gum disease in its early stages, also known as gingivitis, is the inflammation of the gums due to a build-up of bacteria found in plaque. If left untreated, it will advance to periodontal disease, which affects the bone and ligaments that support the teeth. A severe case of gum disease can result in tissue and bone loss, which undermines the stability of your teeth. Advanced stages of gum disease often require surgery. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Gum disease can be detected early. When we perform a regular examination, we always check for gum disease. Early discovery and immediate treatment can keep your mouth healthy.
Gum disease can be treated. If we find evidence of gum disease, we work with you to determine the right treatment options. For example, if your gums are swollen and bleed easily you might have gingivitis. A professional cleaning combined with proper care at home can resolve gingivitis. We provide the simple solutions for this early stage of gum disease as well as the more in-depth treatments for advanced stages.
Gum disease can be prevented. Gingivitis can occur at any age. We help you reduce the likelihood of developing gum disease. When you come to us for teeth cleaning, we can discuss your oral health routine. We can advise you on oral health techniques that will work best for you.
To do your part in preventing gum disease, proper home care is key. Set up an appointment for an examination and cleaning, during which we can advise you on home care. If you are concerned or experience bleeding when brushing or flossing, these can be signs of gum disease. Call us for an examination. We want to ensure that your smile stays healthy.
The professionals at Artistic Works Dentistry provide thorough explanations for all treatments to ensure that you are comfortable with the procedures. We also discuss treatment options to help you choose the best solution for you or your family member.