Gum health is paramount to a beautiful, healthy smile. Your gums hold your teeth in place and need to be kept clean with excellent oral hygiene and general dentistry. However, this can be easier said than done. Bacteria collects in the gaps between teeth and gums, leading to plaque and tartar that are the catalysts for gum disease. At Preston Sherry Dental Associates, we put caring for your gums and preventing disease as top priorities with our patients.
Gum disease, or gingivitis, happens slowly, but it can lead to very serious oral and health problems. Inflamed gums lead to periodontal disease, tooth loss and can even put you at risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. The good news is that gum disease can be prevented and treated through good oral hygiene at home and with regular care at your dentist office.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease starts with plaque forming from bacteria in the mouth, eventually hardening into tartar. Tartar forms around the base of the teeth, irritating and inflaming the gums. The gums become puffy, red and can be tender, even bleeding when you brush. This is the start of gum disease and will progress to periodontitis if not treated.
The first step in stopping, and even reversing, gum disease is making an appointment for a checkup and cleaning at our office. Our dental hygienist will examine your gums and take measurements of any gaps forming between your gums and teeth. A treatment plan for your gum disease will be devised, including home care recommendations, deep cleanings at our office and possibly other treatments. With daily home care and visits to our office for cleanings, we can help you restore your gums, protecting your smile and overall health. Contact Preston Sherry Dental Associates today for your appointment.