Our dental team can help get your gum disease under control to preserve your beautiful smile.
Did you know that gum disease is one of the most common dental issues that affect adults? In fact, this condition, which causes inflammation and damage to the gum tissue, is the leading cause of tooth loss. To prevent tooth loss and other permanent damage to your oral health, Danbury, CT, dentist Dr. George Landress offers preventive dentistry as well as treatment options to get your gum disease under control.
Preventive dentistry includes maintaining good oral hygiene each and every day (aka: brushing and flossing) and also visiting the dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. Unfortunately, gum disease doesn’t often cause symptoms until the later stages and these routine checkups are the best tools that our Danbury, CT, general dentist has to be able to detect gum disease early on when it may be reversed or at least much easier to treat.
Again, not everyone with gum disease will experience symptoms, so it is possible that you may have gum disease but not even know it. Usually, the first sign of gum disease is inflammation. You may notice that your gums are puffy, red, or even tender to the touch. You may also notice that your gums bleed easily when brushing and flossing. These are all signs that warrant a trip to the dentist’s office. If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to significant bone, tooth, and gum tissue loss.
For those with mild-to-moderate forms of gum disease, nonsurgical treatments are usually the first course of action against treating this inflammatory condition. The two common gum disease treatments include:
This is the standard treatment option for handling most mild-to-moderate forms of gum disease. Scaling and root planing is a deep professional dental cleaning that involves having our dentist go under the gum line to remove tartar buildup from the roots of the teeth.
Sometimes antimicrobials are placed within the gums during scaling and root planing to help kill bacteria. Usually after scaling and root planing is successful, no additional treatment is necessary; however, you will still want to come into our office every six months for cleanings to make sure that your gums remain healthy.
Not sure when you last visited the dentist for a cleaning? If it’s been more than six months, it’s high time you got a checkup to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. Call our Danbury, CT, dental practice at (203) 743-7608 to schedule an appointment.