Reverse and treat Gum Disease
Periodontal Care in Charlotte
Gum disease is one of the most common dental health issues in America. More than half of all Americans have gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. Without treatment, gingivitis can cause permanent, irreversible damage to your gums and teeth. If you suspect you may have gum disease, come in for professional periodontal care from Dr. Dan at Horizon Dental.
Preventing Gum Disease
Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene
One of the main causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene, though other risk factors like diet and genetics are also involved. If you do not brush and floss properly, plaque will begin to form in your mouth. This clear, sticky substance is composed of oral bacteria and will build up between your gums if it is not removed. Eventually, bacteria hardens into tartar and attacks your gum tissue, causing inflammation and infection, eventually resulting in gum disease. To prevent gum disease, you must brush your teeth and gums at least 2-3 times per day for 2 minutes, and floss once per day. You should also see Dr. Dan for teeth cleanings every 6 months to scrape away plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, and prevent gum disease.
Recognizing Gum Disease
The Signs & Symptoms
The first stage of gum disease is called “gingivitis.” If you notice symptoms like bleeding gums when brushing, dark or red-colored gums, and swelling of your gums, you may have gingivitis. You may also notice bad breath (halitosis) that does not go away. At this stage of the disease, there has been no permanent damage to your gums or teeth. However, if you do not get treatment for gingivitis, it can progress into periodontitis. Symptoms of periodontitis are much more severe and can include a change in your bite, shifting or loosening of your teeth, and sensitivity when chewing. If you do not get treatment for periodontitis, the disease will continue to progress and cause irreversible damage to your gums and teeth.
Understanding Your Treatment Options
Periodontal care Options
The most common treatment for gum disease is deep cleaning, which is also called “scaling and root planing.” During this procedure, Dr. Dan will use special tools to scrape plaque and tartar away from your gum line and smooth out the roots of your teeth to destroy the bacteria that cause gum disease. You may also need to take oral antibiotics to help prevent re-infection. In more advanced cases of gum disease, surgical procedures like gum flap surgery may be required to clean the roots of your teeth and re-attach your gums. Consult with Dr. Dan to learn more about your treatment options.
Need periodontal Care?
Contact horizon dental Now
If you do not get treatment for gum disease, your condition will continue to progress. If you recognize any signs or symptoms of gum disease, contact Horizon Dental for an appointment right away. You can give us a call at (980) 389-6753, or stop by our office at 13425 Hoover Creek Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273 to schedule your appointment.