Treatment for Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious oral health condition that can increase your risk for systemic diseases including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Gum disease affects millions of Americans each year in the United States alone. Many people tend to ignore the first signs of gum disease because they mistakenly believe that it will go away on its own. However, gum disease requires specific general dentistry treatment so that it does not progress into irreversible periodontitis. Untreated gum disease can increase the chance of tooth loss and the risk of developing conditions that threaten your overall health. By making and keeping regular dental appointments, Dr. Sulaiman Shaltoni will be able to catch the earliest signs of gum disease and prescribe treatment that will keep the disease from spreading to other areas and compromising your health.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

The main causes of gum disease are poor oral hygiene, certain medications, tobacco use, and severely misaligned teeth. All of these can make the gums susceptible to becoming easily infected. Dental plaque is made up of countless bacteria that infect the gum tissues. When plaque is not removed by regular flossing and brushing and during regular dental cleanings it will continue to infect the gums and take gum disease to a more serious level. The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which involves swollen and tender gums, gums that bleed easily, and bad breath. The good news about gingivitis is that when it is caught early, damage can be reversed and further damage can be prevented. However, if gum disease is allowed to progress, it will cause irreversible damage that can lead to loose or separating teeth that will typically fall out, chronic bad breath, and general health concerns.

Dr. Sulaiman Shaltoni is experienced in the treatment of gum disease. If you think you may have this condition, please contact Winding Ridge Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to answer your questions and get you started on the path to recovery.