Do Your Gums Hurt?
Almost 80% of American adults have some form of gum disease. The most common form of this disease is gingivitis, a mild form of periodontal disease, and the most severe is known as periodontitis. Gum disease is an infection in the mouth’s soft tissues, caused by toxic bacteria. If left unchecked, gum disease can lead to gum recession, bad breath, tooth looseness or loss, and bone degeneration. The disease is also linked to increased risk for significant health problems, like heart disease and stroke. At Cornerstone Dental, we understand the severity of periodontal disease and offer treatment with periodontal therapy.
You Might Avoid Becoming a Statistic
Gum disease, for many people, is preventable. Regular hygiene visits and routine oral care remove plaque and tartar, the underlying cause of gum disease. We recommend a regular checkup every six months, as well. At a checkup, Dr. Hussong can detect early warning signs of gum disease. If you notice soreness or bleeding gums after routine brushing, you may have gingivitis. Dr. Hussong and our hygienists can diagnose gum disease during a regularly scheduled cleaning, but call our office between visits if you notice abnormalities in your gum tissue. Starting treatment early is crucial for protecting the stability and health of your smile.
Treating Gum Disease
While prevention is the best medicine, if you develop gingivitis, treatment can stop the progression of the disease. The most common treatment is a deep cleaning, which involves scaling (removing plaque from below the gum line) and root planing (smoothing rough areas on teeth roots). These two procedures eliminate plaque that can’t be removed with daily brushing and flossing or a regular dental cleaning. In some cases, a topical antibiotic is applied to battle bacterial infection. If your gum disease has progressed to periodontitis, Dr. Hussong will refer you to a reputable periodontist for treatment. If you experience any of the common indicators of gum disease or would like to discuss treatment options, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.
What Causes Gum Disease?
As we mentioned above, plaque buildup as a result of poor oral hygiene is perhaps the most prevalent cause of gum disease. However, a number of other factors can increase the risk of developing periodontal disease, including:
- Chronic illness
- Certain medications
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Family history
Remember, the early stages of gingivitis will include sore, red gums that bleed easily. You may also notice gum recession. As the disease progresses, the symptoms will become more apparent and more dire. To prevent tooth loss, please contact our office when you first notice the early signs of gum disease. You should also attend routine checkups and dental cleanings, which allow your Polk City dentist to watch for the warning signs of periodontal disease.
A Personal Invitation
You’ll find our dental office cozy and relaxing and our team accommodating. Watch DirecTV during your appointment, and afterward, allow us to treat you to a paraffin hand dip and a warm, scented neck wrap. We will make your time at Cornerstone Dental enjoyable. For cosmetic and restorative dentistry in Polk City, Iowa, contact us today. We serve families from Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and surrounding communities.