Learn about the three stages of gum disease, and how it can be prevented and treated, in this enlightening video.
Gums that appear red and inflamed are an indicator of infection. By the time obvious symptoms occur, it is too late to cure the condition. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, begins with a buildup of plaque on and around teeth. Plaque cannot be seen with the naked eye, which makes it difficult to assess whether you are removing all of it when brushing and flossing. In addition to your daily care routine, the best way to minimize your risk of gum disease is to maintain regular checkups and cleanings. At Sun Smile Dental, we seek to detect and treat gum disease in the earliest possible stage.
The danger of gum disease
Gum disease is a "silent" condition that typically does not produce a great deal of discomfort. However, there are significant consequences from untreated infection. In recent years, research has shown the long-term effects of untreated gum disease. Not only is advanced infection the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, but the bacteria have been found in unhealthy arteries in the heart. Periodontal disease has been named as a factor in numerous conditions, ranging from diabetes to heart disease and stroke to Alzheimer’s. This gives us ample reason to work diligently with our patients to prevent the progression of disease.
Thorough care for prevention and treatment
Gum disease can be prevented with excellent oral care. This includes brushing and flossing daily and routine care in the dental office. Hygiene cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup around teeth and address accumulation that has occurred beneath the gums. A deep cleaning called scaling and root planing may be performed if pockets of bacteria have developed around a tooth or teeth. Additionally, Dr. Shah may prescribe PerioProtect to fight infection.
PerioProtect is a tray system that delivers anti-bacterial medication to infected gums. This system can minimize the effects of unhealthy oral bacteria and decrease the need for future treatments.
From prevention and cleanings to PerioProtect and laser treatments, the Sun Smile Dental team offers advanced care to help you maintain gum health. Schedule your exam and cleaning today. Call
(760) 993-3185 .