Protect Your Smile from Gum Disease
Taking good care of your teeth is most likely second nature to you, but if you’re like many others, you may not pay as much attention to the health and hygiene of your gums. While you may not be alone in this, neglecting your gums still puts you at risk of periodontal disease that can wreak havoc on your oral health.
Santee Dental Team helps you reclaim your oral health when afflicted with gingivitis and its more aggressive counterpart, periodontitis. If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to call our practice today.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Even though you may have heard about the dangers of gum disease, you may find yourself wondering what it actually is.
Plaque, the same culprit responsible for tooth decay, can get underneath the gum line, causing irritation and inflammation. A build-up of plaque gives the gums a red and swollen appearance and can result in bleeding while brushing and flossing. The condition is also known as gingivitis.
If not addressed and treated, these symptoms can lead to a more severe infection of the gums, eventually causing tooth loss. Some symptoms of gum disease to look out for include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Sensitivity to temperatures
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
In the case of gingivitis, treatment is fairly simple. While still a threat that shouldn’t be ignored, gingivitis is easily treated and reversed, requiring little more than standard routine cleanings and extra at-home care on your part.
Periodontitis, however, is different altogether, and a simple cleaning won’t do the trick. For this advanced form of gum disease, our talented hygienist performs scaling and root planing. A more intense version of cleaning, we get underneath the gum line itself to clean the roots of the tooth as well as the pockets within the gums, clearing out the plaque and bacteria. This treatment must be performed on a regular basis to stay on top of the disease.
Expert Periodontal Care in Santee
The caring and compassionate staff at Santee Dental Team takes the health of every patient seriously and strives to create a comforting, welcoming environment.
If you fear that you may be showing signs of gum disease, don’t hesitate to call our practice today to schedule a visit with our skilled dental professionals to discuss possible periodontal disease.