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Treatment for Gum Disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and it can put you at risk for serious health problems. Type 2 diabetes, stroke and other health conditions have been linked to gum disease. Your oral health can have a significant impact on your overall wellness. At Envision Dental, we offer comprehensive dental care to achieve optimal oral health for our patients. We provide prevention and treatment for gum disease at our dental center in Marietta.

Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissue around teeth. While genetics, health conditions and other factors can put you at risk for periodontal disease, the main cause of gum disease is inadequate oral hygiene. The bacteria in the mouth feed off food debris on and around teeth, creating plaque. If the plaque is not completely removed through brushing, flossing or dental cleanings, it hardens into tartar. This can irritate and infect the surrounding gum tissue, causing the following symptoms:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding gum tissue (especially when brushing)
  • Tender gums
  • Bad breath

If left untreated, the gum tissue will recede away from the tooth roots, reducing support for the teeth. Bone loss can occur, and teeth can become loose, and eventually, they may fall out or need to be extracted.

Treatment for gum disease begins with good oral hygiene and controlling the bacterial infection. There are medications that can help fight the infection. Regular dental cleanings along with improved dental hygiene at home can help slow or stop the progression of the early stages of periodontal disease. More severe cases of periodontal disease may require root planing or removal of gum tissue.

If you have symptoms of gum disease, do not wait to make an appointment for a checkup. Periodontal disease is serious, but in many cases, it can be stopped or reversed in the early stages. Contact us at Envision Dental to schedule your appointment at our clinic in Marietta.