When most people think of dental care, they’re thinking about their teeth; but the health of your gums is just as important. Gum disease affects your gums’ ability to protect your teeth and can do irreparable damage when left untreated. If you’re suffering from gum disease, don’t hesitate to call Richard Rhoads, Jr., DDS, and schedule an examination at Smiles by the Lake. Call the office in Overland Park, Kansas, today or make an appointment online with the scheduling tool.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, happens when bacteria collects along your gum line, causing irritation, inflammation, and recession of the gum tissue. Sometimes, this bacteria is even protected by a layer of hard tartar that can’t be removed through brushing and flossing alone.
As periodontal disease progresses, the gums will continue to recede, exposing more and more of your teeth to bacteria and decay. This can easily lead to bacteria attacking the tooth roots, causing teeth to become weakened and vulnerable. Periodontal disease is the single leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
The early signs of gum disease are usually subtle, so it’s important to monitor the health of your gums just as closely as you monitor your teeth. Early signs of periodontal disease include:
As your gum disease advances, you may begin to notice symptoms like:
Regular dental checkups are the best way to keep tabs on the health of your gums and can prevent bacteria and tartar from building up around them in the first place.
The best treatment for gum disease is diligent oral hygiene habits, including thorough flossing. If you’re already experiencing symptoms from periodontal disease, then you could probably benefit from a dental cleaning or medicated mouthwash.
For moderate cases of gum disease, Dr. Rhoads can perform a scaling and root planing procedure, where he uses dental tools to clean the spaces between your teeth and gums and remove any lurking bacteria. This procedure also smooths out the surfaces under your gums, making it more difficult for bacteria to grow there.
If you’re worried about the health of your gums, call Smiles by the Lake today to make an appointment, or use the online scheduling tool.