Gum Disease

Treatment for Gum Disease

Excellent oral health begins with caring for your gums. Unfortunately, it is estimated that over half of adults over the age of thirty have some level of periodontitis or gum disease. The good news is that Northampton Dental offers effective general dentistry treatments for gum disease that can protect your teeth and overall health from the effects of this common oral health issue.

Gum disease can put you at risk for many health issues. Not only is it the leading cause of tooth loss, it has also been linked to serious health conditions such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and issues during pregnancy. The bacteria that cause this infection of the gums can enter the bloodstream, which can cause health issues in other areas of the body. With treatment, gum disease can be stopped and often reversed if caught in the early stages.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease starts with bacteria that feed on food particles that hide on and in between your teeth. These bacteria create plaque, the sticky film that can cover the surface of your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing can remove most plaque that forms, but it can harden into tartar in hard to clean areas. Once this process begins, the gums can become inflamed. Other elements can add to the problem, including smoking and some health conditions. The first signs of gum disease are swollen, red gums that bleed easily. They can be tender when you brush or eat crunchy foods. If left untreated, the gums can begin to pull away from the teeth, causing pockets that make it harder to clean away food and bacteria around the gum line.

Treatment for gum disease involves deep cleaning between the gums and teeth. Medications and special mouthwash may be prescribed to help fight the infection and allow the gums to heal. Our dentist team works with our patients in Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands and surrounding areas that have gum disease to find the best treatment plan to promote gum and oral health to protect their smiles and stop the risk of other diseases.

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or believe you may have some of the symptoms, contact Northampton Dental today to schedule a checkup and cleaning. We can get you back on the road to excellent oral health.