Like many patients, you may focus on caring for your teeth, but you do not realize how your gums affect your appearance and dental wellness. Preserving your periodontal health, or gum health, can prevent gum disease and protect you from serious health concerns. The dentists at Redlands Family Dentistry provide complete preventative care and treatment for gum disease. At our Redlands, CA, practice, we emphasize prevention, but can provide effective procedures to renew your oral health and to prevent future complications if you have developed any form of gum disease.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is one of the most common oral health conditions in the US. This condition develops when there is a buildup of bacteria on your teeth and around your gums. At first, the bacteria may only cause mild inflammation. This initial stage is called gingivitis, and we can easily treat it with a routine cleaning. However, without treatment, the bacteria can work its way deeper into your gums. Pockets can develop in the tissues, and your gums will start to recede, loosening all of your connective tissues. Eventually, your gums may pull completely away from your dental roots, and you can suffer significant tooth loss that requires extensive restorative procedures, such as a full mouth reconstruction. Other symptoms of gum disease can include bleeding, inflammation, temperature sensitivity, chronic bad breath, and mouth sores.
The Importance of Preventive Care
Poor oral hygiene is the number one cause of gum disease. Without proper brushing, flossing, and dental visits, bacteria will multiply quickly. Plaque and tartar can develop, trapping bacteria, making it easier for them to attack your gums. Periodontal disease can be especially dangerous to your overall health. The condition has been linked to heart disease, stroke, dementia, and respiratory issues. To protect your smile and long-term wellness, it is vital that you brush and floss daily. You should also schedule routine cleanings and exams at Redlands Family Dentistry.
Treatments for More Advanced Gum Disease
The dentists and staff at our office are dedicated to helping each patient avoid the dangers of gum disease. However, some patients can still develop the condition, even with regular at-home care, making routine visits very important. If gum disease has already developed, our team can provide effective treatment. Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, is one of the most effective options. After numbing your gums, your hygienist will eliminate the pockets of bacteria. She will also make sure that your dental roots are smooth. An uneven surface area can trap bacteria, leading to a return of gum disease. Our deep cleanings involve minimal discomfort, thanks to our hygienists’ precision and our effective local anesthesia.
We can provide effective procedures to renew your oral health and to prevent future complications if you have developed any form of gum disease.
Our team will also provide appropriate treatment for existing dental damage. If you have suffered gum recession, we may suggest a gum graft. Your dentist will use your own tissue or a biocompatible material to restore your gum line and protect your dental roots. We may also suggest an appropriate treatment to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are the most stable and recommended option. If you do not qualify for implants, we can provide custom-made bridges and dentures.
Preserve Your Health
It is vital that you take important steps to protect your long-term oral and overall health. Contact Redlands Family Dentistry to receive the periodontal care you need.