It's estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that causes inflamed gums and, in some cases, can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) and host of other health problems.
Gum disease can cause bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn't always stop there. You oral health is connected to your whole body's health and wellness.
Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. That bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:
- Respiratory Disease
- Heart Disease
- Pre-Term Births
Periodontal treatment typically involves containing the bacteria through deep cleaning. This deep cleaning consists of scaling and root planning which clears the bacterial buildup along the root of the teeth. We also suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses. In severe cases, we may refer you to the care of a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in gum care.
If caught early on, gingivitis and gum disease are preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing and professional dental care. Having straight teeth and a healthy smile lessen the chance of a patient developing gum disease.
We examine you for gum health at every 3-month check-up. If you have been experiencing any symptoms like bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, please let us know.