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Gum Disease

Treatment for Gum Disease

Your gums are as important to your oral health as your teeth. In fact, if your gums are unhealthy, you could lose your teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and can also put you at risk for serious health problems. Strokes, diabetes and even some forms of cancer have been linked to the bacteria that cause gum disease. Keep your teeth and body healthy by caring for your gum health with general dentistry at Dentistry of Kingwood.

Gum disease can be effectively treated, especially when it is caught in the early stages. During your routine checkups and cleanings, we will inspect your gums for any signs of disease. If there are any signs of gingivitis or infection, we will recommend treatment to stop the disease and heal your gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis and put your teeth and health at risk. Treatment can include deep teeth cleanings, root scaling, root planing and medications.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a type of infection of the gums. It is caused by bacteria that build up around teeth, forming the sticky substance that is called plaque. If plaque is not effectively removed through oral hygiene, it can harden in calculus or into tartar. This process causes irritation of the gums; they can begin to swell and become inflamed. They may bleed easily when you brush or when eating certain foods. If you notice your gums are sensitive, red, swollen or bleeding, make an appointment to come see us at Dentistry of Kingwood for a checkup and cleaning.

Gum disease should not be taken lightly. It can have serious repercussions on your smile and your health. Regular oral hygiene and routine professional cleanings twice a year can help prevent gum disease, but there are other factors that can contribute to this disease. Treatment is available at Dentistry of Kingwood to stop this oral health issue in its tracks. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.