Your gums represent the foundation to your oral health. If your gum health is compromised, your smile and overall health are at risk. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States and it has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature births. Therefore, it is no surprise that we take periodontal health seriously at Brentwood Dental Group. We offer the latest general dental treatments that address all stages of gum disease, from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. Our dentists initiate early treatments so that the progression of gum disease can be halted and your overall health protected.
Gum disease begins when plaque and toxins are allowed to build up along the gum line. At this stage, you may notice puffy, red or bleeding gums. Left untreated, the plaque hardens and causes an infection in these soft tissues. The gums may then start to pull away from the tooth roots, forming deep pockets that are susceptible to more bacteria collection. At its advanced stages, gum disease can destroy the surrounding bone and cause tooth loss. At Brentwood Dental Group, we make every effort to help patients avoid these serious consequences. In many cases of mild gum disease, a thorough cleaning is all that is needed to restore your gum health. However, we offer a full range of periodontal treatment options. Proper brushing and flossing habits, not using tobacco and attending your regular dental cleanings also play an integral role in preventing and managing gum disease.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Early detection is critical to successfully treating gum disease. While we can identify signs of early gum disease at your routine checkups, it is important that patients learn the indicators that their gum health is at risk. While not all symptoms of gum disease are obvious, the following typically signals the presence of this serious oral infection:
- Receding gums or deep pocket depth
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in your bite
Understanding gum disease also involves learning your specific risk factors. We help patients recognize the lifestyle habits, health conditions, oral hygiene patterns and family history that may be putting them at a higher risk for gum disease. If you are concerned about your gum health, please contact us today. We offer proven periodontal treatments to eradicate gum disease before it compromises your overall health.