Keeping Your Gums and Smile in Good Health
Many people mistakenly believe that tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease are simply a part of life. But they don’t have to be!
Your teeth often get the spotlight when discussing oral health, but did you know that your gums are equally important? The biggest threat to their wellbeing is an infection called periodontal (gum) disease. This infection and inflammation of the gums can destroy the supporting structures of your teeth, resulting in tooth loss and other health issues if left untreated. Thankfully, Dr. Tad Morgan is experienced in providing effective periodontal therapy. Keep reading to learn about gum disease in Bullard and what Dr. Morgan can do to help.
The main cause of gum disease is plaque and tartar buildup that infect your gums. This infection causes them to become inflamed and irritated. While this disease is completely preventable through routine oral healthcare, it is estimated that gum disease affects around 50% of the US population. The earliest stage, gingivitis, can be reversed if it’s caught early enough, which is why it’s important to recognize the common signs of this disease.
If you have gum disease, you may notice these common symptoms:
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office as soon as possible for necessary treatment. Once the disease has persisted passed the gingivitis stage, it can damage your surrounding supportive tissue, leading to tooth loss. Untreated gum disease can also increase your risk of more serious overall health issues like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Morgan, an expert dentist in Bullard, can provide the treatment you need for a healthy smile. He will carefully examine your mouth to see the severity of your gum disease and develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your health.
The main treatment that Dr. Morgan offers is called scaling and root planing, or a deep cleaning. During this procedure, he will scale your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease. He will then clean under your gumline, carefully removing plaque buildup that is causing inflammation. After, he will smooth out your tooth roots to make it harder for plaque and bacteria to cling to your teeth and cause infection. While this treatment may not sound like your favorite thing to do, Dr. Morgan makes sure you are comfortable by numbing your mouth and providing noise-canceling headphones and other relaxation techniques.
If you’ve been having issues with your gums or notice any of the symptoms we’ve mentioned, contact our office right away to receive treatment. That way, you can keep your smile and body as healthy as possible.