Treatment for Gum Disease

Gingivitis and other forms of gum disease can put your health at risk. It is not just your teeth that can be impacted by gum disease, although it is the leading cause of tooth loss. Other serious health issues like cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer have been linked to the bacteria that cause gum disease. As part of our general dental care at Amber Hills Dental, we want to protect your smile and your health with proactive treatments for gum disease.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by bacteria build up in the mouth that can impact the gum tissue. While there are health conditions that can put you at greater risk for gum disease, the most common culprit is bacteria hiding in cracks and crevices in your mouth. When these bacteria build up, they form plaque that is more difficult to remove through normal brushing and flossing, which can harden into tartar. This substance cannot be removed through normal home care and begins to irritate and inflame the gum tissue.

If tartar is left in place, the gums can become swollen and red, bleeding easily. You may notice bleeding when you brush or tenderness when you eat crunchy foods. These are signs that you may have gingivitis, the first form of periodontal or gum disease.

The good news is this is not the end of the world. Many people get gingivitis and we can effectively treat it at Amber Hills Dental. We start by examining your gums to determine the level of gum disease and then offer treatment solutions. Sometimes all you need are more frequent cleanings to remove excess tartar to allow your gums to heal. For more advanced stages, gum infection treatment may be needed and we may prescribe medications to help curb bacteria growth between appointments. Most early stages of gum disease can be stopped and even reversed with intervention.

Stop gum disease in its tracks. Contact Amber Hills Dental today to schedule a professional cleaning and checkup.

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