Did you know that just under half of American adults over the age of 30 have gum disease? Gum disease is a serious condition that affects not just your gums but also your oral health and even your overall health. In fact, it has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and maybe even Alzheimer’s. At your routine checkup, we look for signs of this serious disease so that we can treat it before it becomes a major problem both inside and outside your mouth. So could you be one of the millions of people out there with gum disease? Our team at Smiles by Martin can help you find out and maintain your natural, healthy smile.
As a chronic inflammatory condition in the gums, gum disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. These bacteria release toxins that irritate the gums. As plaque builds up and hardens into tartar, particularly around the gum line, these toxins start to sever the connection between your gums and your teeth. This can cause recession and form pockets that trap more plaque and food particles. Over time, your teeth’s supporting tissue and bone can become permanently damaged by these toxins. As a result, permanent teeth can become loose or need to be extracted completely.
If left untreated, gum disease can have serious repercussions on your oral health. That’s why we at Smiles by Martin are dedicated to helping you overcome this common disease.
Here are some of the common signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease:
As the disease progresses to periodontitis, you may see other symptoms, such as the following:
If you notice any of these, you should contact us right away so that we can get you the treatment you need to give you back your oral health.
The way to address gum disease depends on the severity. For gingivitis, we can usually reverse the condition with a routine cleaning and proper oral care at home. For more advanced gum disease, we likely need to perform more intensive treatments.
Scaling is basically a deep cleaning of your teeth both below and above the gum line. We locate those pockets with plaque inside and clean out the buildup. We then perform root planing, which is smoothing out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s exposed roots to prevent plaque from accumulating there again in the future.
In more advanced cases, we may also use a topical antibiotic treatment to ensure that your mouth is free from harmful bacteria, helping you get a fresh start on your oral health.
Our compassionate team will guide through the process of treating gum disease according to your situation. We are here to help you get passed gum disease and restore your heathy smile for the long term. Contact us today for an appointment!