GUM DISEASE IS A PROBLEM YOU DO NOT WANT TO OVERLOOK.
When you visit Dr. George, one of the crucial points of the examination process is to monitor gum health. We do this by measuring the tissue attachment around teeth. Healthy gums have no more than a 3-millimeter space between teeth. A space of 4 millimeters indicates the beginning of gum disease, or gingivitis. If you notice redness, swelling, or bleeding when you brush, contact our office to schedule an exam and cleaning. With early intervention, the progressive disease may be stopped.
THE NATURE OF GUM DISEASE
Hundreds of different types of bacteria live in the mouth. These microorganisms consume sugar residue that linger after meals, and then deposit acidic byproduct. The result of this cycle is weakened gum tissue and tooth enamel. Once the gums are inflamed and pull away from teeth, bacteria can hide in the pockets that are created. Here, they are unreachable by your toothbrush, and continue to break down the gums that support your teeth.
THE DANGER OF GUM DISEASE
Ideally, good oral hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices will prevent gum disease. If the condition develops, there are risks to tooth stability, comfort, and to your general health and wellness. Gum disease may cause you to struggle with persistent bad breath and uncomfortable inflammation. If the infection persists, it will increase the risk of tooth loss and poor health. Gum disease is a factor in the development or worsening of several serious health conditions, including preterm birth, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
Your dental team plays an integral role in the prevention and management of gum disease. Because the cause of this condition is oral bacteria, it is vital to obtain routine care for your specific needs. Many people may be well-served by twice-a-year exams and cleanings. However, there are instances in which more frequent care is necessary to avoid disease.
Dr. George customizes treatment to your individual needs. One of the first-line treatments to address early infection is scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning removes infection and bacteria from pockets around teeth, and encourages the reattachment of tissue. Another option to manage symptoms is laser gum disease treatment. But don’t wait until the signs of infection become obvious. Call to schedule your visit with our experienced staff, and reduce your risk for gum disease.