Gum disease treatment starts with regular checkups and cleanings. During your general dentistry treatments, our hygienist will look for signs of gum disease. Gingivitis is the first stage, which can easily be reversed with treatment. Professional cleanings can remove plaque and tartar that accelerate gum disease, plus we can offer additional treatments for more severe cases of periodontal disease. With regular professional cleanings and specialized home care, you can reverse the effects of gum disease and protect your oral and overall health.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease does not happen overnight. The first signs are usually inflamed gums that may bleed during brushing or flossing. This is caused by irritation from the buildup of bacteria around the teeth that can begin to create a sticky substance called plaque. Although brushing and flossing can remove most plaque, some can stay trapped in hard to reach areas, forming into hard tartar. This accumulation of tartar and bacteria can cause the gums to become infected, starting a chain of events that leads to receding gums, larger pockets between the gums and teeth and eventually periodontal disease.
Gum disease is a serious dental issue that can cause bone and tooth loss and put you at risk for more serious health problems. Contact Atencio Family Dentistry today to schedule your next checkup and cleaning to prevent and treat gum disease.