Treatment for Gum Disease Cypress TX
Even while flashing a beautiful smile, your mouth is harboring bacteria that, when left unchecked, could result in gum disease. Practicing good oral hygiene by daily brushing and flossing your teeth helps keep it at bay. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are also a major step toward keeping your gums healthy. However, if you are diagnosed with gum disease, it is important to have it treated right away with general dentistry. Neglecting this condition can eventually lead to serious health problems and possibly even loss of teeth.
A thorough exam will reveal the extent of the problem. Your gums will be measured to find out if there are pockets where food debris can collect and how deep those pockets are. Then your teeth will be cleaned with special instruments designed to remove tartar buildup. They will be smoothed down so that the gums can reattach. You may need to use special mouthwash or toothpaste to aid in healing. Follow up visits may be scheduled to monitor the healing process.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease begins discreetly as the bacteria in your mouth build up creating a thin sticky substance called plaque. As plaque increases it begins to harden into tartar or calculus. This hardened substance begins to separate the gums from the teeth and pockets form. Food particles get trapped in these spaces, more bacteria grow and soon the gums turn bright pink or red and begin to get puffy or swollen. They may even bleed when you brush your teeth.
Poor oral hygiene and failure to remove the plaque and tartar build up are the culprits behind this avoidable and treatable disease. Learning how to properly care for your teeth and gums and getting them professionally cleaned at regular intervals is critical in keeping your gums healthy. Left unchecked, gum disease will not only ruin your smile, it can ruin your general health as well. Contact us today to schedule an appointment about the potential of gum disease.