Gum health is vital for maintaining your teeth and can impact your overall health. Gum disease affects at least half of adults over thirty, putting their smile and wellness at risk. At Nautical Dental, we strive to educate our patients on the importance of gum health and preventive measures that can help keep gingivitis and periodontitis at bay. When gum disease is present, we offer effective general dentistry treatments to restore gum health for our patients.
Treating gum disease starts with removing bacteria, plaque, and tartar that cause gum infection and inflammation. Deep cleanings can be required to go beneath the gum line and provide a clean, smooth root surface for gum healing. Other treatments can include medications to fight infection, special mouthwash, or other products that can help the gums heal quicker. The treatment depends on the extent and progression of the gum disease. If caught early, gum disease can be reversed and oral health restored.
How do you know if you have gum disease? The best way is to come in for a professional cleaning that will include an inspection of your gums. However, symptoms can alert you to the possibility of the beginnings of gum disease. As bacteria accumulates, the gums can become red, swollen, or sore. They may bleed easily when you brush or floss, with streaks of red when you spit during oral hygiene. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is time to call us and schedule a checkup and cleaning. We can determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease and begin treatment if necessary.
Gum disease is not just an oral health concern; it can put you at risk for serious health issues like strokes, diabetes, and certain cancers. Let our experienced team at Nautical Dental help you prevent and stop gum disease with regular checkups, cleanings and treatments. If you suspect you or a family member may have gum disease, contact Nautical Dental today for an appointment.