Treatment for Gum Disease

You are in a constant battle to keep gum disease at bay, whether you realize it or not. A sticky substance adheres to your teeth daily. Without proper brushing and flossing, this substance called plaque builds up and hardens into tartar. Thus begins the battle for the health of your gums.

You win the battle when you come to the dental office for a thorough exam and professional cleaning. We are able to remove plaque and tartar buildup from all surfaces of your teeth with general dentistry. There may be some areas that you cannot reach with regular home care. These areas become susceptible to gum disease or gingivitis. We have the dental instruments to reach into the most difficult spaces and get them clean.

Thoroughly cleaning away the plaque and tartar from your teeth is the first step in treating gum disease. There are people who do a very good job keeping their teeth and gums in good shape, but even they may be prone to plaque and tartar buildup. Everyone requires professional help to keep their teeth and gums healthy. A special toothpaste and/or mouthwash may be prescribed to help the healing process.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

Red and swollen gums are a good indicator of gum disease. Sometimes it may begin with bright pink or puffy gums. The gums may bleed from time to time, especially when you brush or floss your teeth. Left unchecked, the tartar buildup pushes the gums away from the roots of the teeth. Food debris collects in the resulting pockets, providing more fuel for the infection process. Until the tartar is completely removed from the teeth, the situation will only worsen.

While poor oral hygiene is certainly one of the most common causes of gum disease, it is not the only one. Many medications can make a person more vulnerable to the bacteria that promote gum disease. Fluctuations in hormones cause women and girls to be more susceptible to gum disease during certain times. There are genetic predispositions for gingivitis as well.

You do not have to fight the battle against gingivitis alone. Contact Southern Dental Group of Bald Knob and we will join you in the fight for your dental health. Schedule an appointment today and restore your oral well-being.

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