When it comes to your gum health, you will find top quality care at our Huntsville practice. We value the importance of detecting and treating gum disease at its earliest stages. Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can compromise your smile health and body health. If left untreated, advanced gum disease can cause tooth loss and increase your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It has also been linked to premature births in pregnant women. By routinely monitoring your gum health, determining your gum disease risk factors and treating early symptoms, we are able to help our Huntsville patients avoid these serious consequences. At Vital Smiles, we offer complete gum disease therapy, including scaling and root planing, a painless deep cleaning that can effectively manage mild to moderate gum disease.
Symptoms & Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease begins with the growth of bacteria in the mouth. If plaque and tartar are not removed, the bacteria can infect the gums and eventually destroy the surrounding bone. While early stages are marked with red or puffy gums, more advanced stages will produce deep pockets within the gums as the gums pull away from the tooth root. A final consequence of untreated gum disease is tooth loss due to the surrounding bone destruction and loss of tooth support. During periodontitis treatment, the deep pockets of gum tissue can be thoroughly cleaned and prepped to reattach to the tooth root.
It is critical that patients are aware of the warning signs of gum disease so that treatment can be initiated promptly:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth feel when you bite
Gum disease does not always produce noticeable symptoms. Early stages of gum disease are often silent. Therefore, it becomes vitally important to see a dentist on a regular basis. At Vital Smiles, we take meticulous measurements of your gums and monitor your gum health at your routine dental exams. This ensures that we can take a proactive and often less invasive approach to managing your gum disease if necessary.
Contact our office today to learn more about affordable gum disease treatment in Huntsville. We protect your smile and overall health!