Treatment for Gum Disease
Your gums are the base for excellent oral health. Unfortunately, many adults succumb to some level of gum disease after the age of thirty. This infection of the gums can cause inflammation, tissue damage and even bone loss that can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease also puts you at higher risk for many health conditions like stroke and type 2 diabetes. Our team at Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help you prevent gum disease and treat the condition if it already exists.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gum or periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue. The infection is caused by bacteria that attack the gum tissue. While good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings can prevent most gum disease, lifestyle choices like smoking can make it harder to prevent. Health problems can also put you at higher risk for this disease.
The first symptoms of the early stages of periodontal disease or gingivitis include the following oral issues:
- Swollen or red gums
- Receding gum tissue
- Bleeding gums when brushing or eating certain foods
- Tender gums
- Bad breath
When you begin to experience any of these symptoms, you should schedule a checkup and cleaning at our office. Our hygienist will perform a periodontal exam and determine the level of gum disease present. We offer effective treatments to stop the gum infection and help promote healing of the tissue. This can include deep cleanings, special mouthwash to stop the infection and removing tartar from the roots of the teeth. If caught in the early stages, gum disease is reversible and you can prevent further damage to your teeth and oral health.
Your gum health is important to preserving your smile and overall wellness. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for preventive and proactive gum disease treatment.