The experienced dentists of West Chester Dental Group serve patients with outstanding dental care, taking the time to personalize treatments based on specific needs. One of the most common dental conditions treated in our practice is gum disease. As much as possible, we work with patients to develop preventive measures that will keep them free of this progressive disease process. During routine visits, we discuss the potential for gum disease and the symptoms of this condition. If it becomes necessary, we will plan treatments for gum disease to keep a Cincinnati area patient’s smile as healthy as possible.
Gum disease, periodontal disease, and gingivitis are all part of the same progressive infection. The importance of recognizing and treating gum disease is that the infection itself can lead to far more than an oral problem, as bacteria travel from the mouth to the body. Treatment at the first sign of symptoms is vital to the reversal of infection. Early signs of gingivitis include:
- Red, inflamed gum tissue around one or more teeth
- Bad breath that persists after brushing
- Bleeding when teeth are brushed or flossed
When these early symptoms are properly treated, gum disease can be stopped. Treatment for gingivitis may include deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces and gum tissues. Removal of these substances equates to a marked decreased in bacterial activity and the halt of infection. Without deep cleaning treatment, bacteria collect in plaque and tartar and remain active in destroying gum tissue as the infection progresses to periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the term for advanced gum disease, in which gum tissues pull away from tooth surfaces. This recession allows bacteria to move between the gums and teeth, advancing infection to the bone tissue of the jaw. The danger of advanced gum disease is that, as bone tissue deteriorates, teeth can become loose and may even fall out if they lose a great deal of support. Periodontitis requires ongoing management in order to preserve oral and systemic health.
The treatments recommended for gum disease are tailored to the individual patient based on the severity of the infection. Obviously, the earlier treatment is obtained, the less aggressive it will need to be. Deep cleanings are often very effective at reducing the effects of harmful oral bacteria. Coupled with routine dental care and excellent oral hygiene at home, this treatment can go a long way in keeping your smile healthy.
Don’t let gum disease steal your smile. Contact West Chester Dental Group to schedule your preventive dental care.
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