Treating Gum Disease and Protecting Your Dental Health
Gum disease is a serious medical problem that affects millions of Americans every year. If you believe you may have gum disease, you should contact us right away so that we can treat the source of the infection and protect your dental health. Because it can be difficult for people to diagnose themselves, it’s very important that you schedule regular dental exams and cleanings. This will give us the chance to catch it early and eliminate it before it does any serious damage to your gums and teeth.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a serious condition that occurs when bacteria and plaque build up in your mouth. Every day, bacteria in your mouth interact with sugar and food particles and create plaque and tartar on your teeth. With daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular cleanings at your dentist, you can normally prevent too much plaque and tartar from building up, but this is not always possible.
When the plaque and tartar spread below your gums, your gums become red, inflamed, and bleed easily. This is the mild form of gum disease, also known as gingivitis. However, if it isn’t treated, your gums will gradually be affected and may pull away from your teeth, allowing more bacteria to grow in the spaces and eventually causing your teeth to fall out. This is why it’s critical that your gum disease is diagnosed and treated right away.
We Can Help You Fight Gum Disease
If you have gum disease, we can help you treat it before it gets worse. Our scaling and root planing treatments will remove the tartar and plaque around and below your gums, allowing the health of your gums and teeth to return to normal. While we do this dental procedure, we always make sure our patients are as comfortable as possible, and we can provide local anesthesia as necessary. Once we’ve removed the plaque and tartar, we will check your mouth every three to four months to see if more treatment, such as an antibiotic, is necessary. If not, your teeth and gums will recover as long as you continue to brush and floss daily and come in for regular cleanings.
Do you have gum disease? Are your gums in pain, red, or inflamed? Contact our office in Plymouth, MI for Gum Disease Treatment at 734-459-7110, or schedule your appointment via our online form.