According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. One of the more unfortunate facts about this condition is that it often goes undiagnosed, and not always because people refuse to visit a dentist to examine it further. In fact, many people don’t even realize they have the early or developed signs of gum disease until their dentist tells them.
Luckily, getting your gum disease treated is as easy as scheduling an appointment with either Dr. Tamborello, Dr. Boone, or Dr. Banks. They can provide numerous periodontal treatments to get your gum tissue back to a healthy state.
Gum disease refers to inflammation of the gum tissue and the structures that support teeth. These include the alveolar bone and gum tissue that surround the tooth roots, which act as an anchor for teeth. If these structures are compromised, your teeth will not only be at higher risk of decay, but at risk of falling out completely.
The main cause of gum disease is plaque and tartar buildup on and around the gums. In the early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis, our dentists can easily reverse it with a thorough cleaning. This should be accompanied with improved at-home oral care habits. The more advanced form, known as periodontitis, is more difficult to treat and requires more significant intervention to fix.
If you have gingivitis, you’re likely to notice mild bleeding in the gums, mainly when brushing or flossing. While these signs are more obvious, there are other signs that often go unnoticed. That’s why visiting our practice every six months is essential to catching and treating gum disease.
If you notice any of the following, get to our office as soon as possible for periodontal therapy:
While mild gingivitis can be treated easily, some gum disease cases require a bit more treatment to resolve. These treatments include scaling, root planing and antibiotic therapy.
Our team will work with you to build an oral care routine at home and in the office so you can manage your advanced gum disease. This may include but not be limited to:
Are you long overdue for gum disease treatment in Montrose? Don’t hesitate to contact our office now and get your oral health back on track!