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Treatment for Gum Disease

Healthy gums and teeth are critical to your general health. Neglecting oral care can lead to problems that have severe consequences. Gum disease is one of the leading causes for tooth loss in later life. Even people who believe they are practicing good oral hygiene and receive dental treatments can fall victim to this quiet but insidious disease. Gum disease has been linked to several severe health issues. Among them are cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes, premature delivery in pregnancy, low birth weight and stroke.

Early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease or gingivitis can turn the situation around without severe intervention. Neglecting treatment can lead to further damage of your soft tissues and teeth as well as your overall health. Treatment consists of thoroughly cleaning the plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. Next, the tooth roots are planed down and smoothed so that the gums can reattach. With proper treatment and adequate home care, gum disease can be stopped.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

Our mouths are full of bacteria. Much of this bacteria resides in a sticky clear substance called plaque builds up on teeth. Proper brushing and flossing removes much of the plaque, but not all of it. As it builds up, it begins to harden into a substance called tartar or calculus. This hard substance accumulates at and below the gum line pushing the gums away from the teeth. Pockets form which collect food debris and provide even more breeding ground for bacteria. Meanwhile gums begin to get puffy and turn bright pink or red. They may bleed when teeth are brushed.

As the infection increases in the area, the body’s immune systems kicks in. The battle between bacteria and the body’s fighter cells produces toxins that begin to break down bone tissue. This weakens the teeth and loosens them. Eventually they will fall out.

A trip to Dr. C Family Dentistry for diagnosis and treatment can nip this process in the bud. Early intervention increases the opportunity for successful treatment and restored oral health. If you are experiencing symptoms of gingivitis, do not hesitate to contact our office today. Taking care of your oral health and your entire body will be a benefit.

Dr. Josh Chocran

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