The health of your gums is vitally important. In fact, your teeth need healthy gums to stay in place and your overall health is at risk if your gums become infected. At our Center Point office, we work hard to protect the health of your gums. If there are signs of gum disease, we offer the most advanced treatments methods available to ensure your condition is managed properly.
The early stages of gum disease, such as gingivitis, are easily treated with diligent oral hygiene efforts and meticulous cleaning from your dentist. However, advanced periodontal disease, or periodontitis, needs prompt attention before it threatens your smile and your health. Left untreated, gum disease can cause surrounding bone loss and tooth loss. It can also put patients at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature birth. At Vital Smiles, we offer comprehensive gum treatments to ensure you avoid these serious consequences. While we always educate patients on the importance of addressing early signs of gum disease, we are also fully equipped to treat more advanced stages of periodontal disease.
Symptoms & Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease begins when mouth bacteria multiplies enough to cause inflammation in the gum tissues. At this point, patients may notice puffy, red or bleeding gums. If not treated, gum disease can worsen and cause an infection below the gum line. This is marked by gums that start to pull away from the tooth root as deep pockets form in the gums. During this stage, surrounding bone may be destroyed by the infection and tooth loss can result. Poor oral hygiene and consequential plaque build up are often responsible for the onset of gum disease.
Knowing the signs of gum disease can help you detect it at its most treatable stage. Our Center Point office offers a wide range of gum disease therapies, including deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) that can effectively eradicate harmful bacteria beneath the gum line. If you suffer from the following gum disease symptoms, we can help you at Vital Smiles:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
Contact us today to learn your specific risk factors for gum disease or to schedule an appointment for gum disease treatment. Our dentists value the use of customized treatment plans to accommodate the unique needs of each patient. When it comes to restoring your gum health, we use the most proven methods available at the affordable rate you deserve.