Gum Disease

 

At Dentistry of Highland Village, we take the health of your gums seriously. Not only can gum disease be detrimental to your smile, it can also compromise your overall health in many ways. By monitoring gum health with general dental care and offering the most advanced gum disease treatment options available, our practice can save patients from the serious consequences of periodontal disease.

Gum disease is caused by plaque accumulation. Plaque is a sticky substance that can be easily removed with routine brushing and flossing. Hardened plaque is effectively removed during a professional dental cleaning. When plaque is allowed to build up around your teeth and gums, it can cause an infection in these soft tissues. Early gum disease is known as gingivitis, which produces mild symptoms and is easily managed. However, if left untreated, periodontal disease can progress to periodontitis. At this point, the gums may pull away from the teeth and deep pockets may form. Without proper support form the gums, teeth may become loose or even fall out as a result of advanced gum disease.

Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

We are keenly aware of the mouth-body connection. Advanced, untreated gum disease not only degrades the tissues and bone structures surrounding the teeth, but its effects can also impact a variety of systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory disease, osteoporosis and premature birth. Research strongly links these overall health conditions to gum disease. In fact, The American Academy of Periodontology cites research indicating that people with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery (heart) disease as those without gum disease.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

We do our best to educate patients on the significant health consequences of gum disease as well as the importance of treating this condition at its earliest stage. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are suffering from the following signs of gum disease:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Changes in your bite

Dentistry of Highland Village is equipped to provide a variety of options in gum disease therapy depending on the severity of your condition. For patients with mild to moderate gum disease, we offer scaling and root planing as a first line of defense. This deep cleaning procedure works to eradicate harmful bacteria within the deep pockets of infected gum tissue and restore your smile health. We also offer Arestin antibiotics to prevent the progression of gum disease.

If you have questions or concerns about gum disease, please contact Dentistry of Highland Village today. We are a family centered dental practice who values the importance of your gum health as it pertains to your smile and your body health.