If you’re struggling with symptoms of gum disease, we’re here to help. Our team at Dental Arts of Avon in Avon, CT, offers treatment for gum disease to help stop the spread, support your oral health, and even reverse the course of the disease. We encourage you to reach out today to schedule an appointment for an evaluation and cleaning by giving us a call or booking online!
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, is caused by bacteria that infect your gums, creating pockets of inflamed, infected tissue. While gum disease can be the result of many factors, common causes include poor oral health, genetics, certain medications, and even crooked teeth. Gum disease is extremely common — most people will experience at least some symptoms of gum disease during their lifetime, with frequency rates increasing with age.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Common symptoms of gum disease include bleeding, inflamed, or swollen gums; teeth that start to feel loose, discomfort, a receding gum line, bad breath, and more. Over time, symptoms can also progress into real, lasting damage to your oral health. This can include the loss of additional gum tissue or even teeth as the infection spreads, plus harm to your jaw and other bone structure. Given that your mouth is the gateway to your body, gum disease can also negatively impact your overall well-being by weakening your immune defenses.
What is Gum Disease Therapy?
Fortunately, gum disease is highly treatable. The main treatment approach is a procedure called scaling and root planing. During this procedure, your dentist will use a tool called a scaler to remove plaque from the roots of your teeth and clean out the pockets of infected gum tissue that have been caused by the bacterial infection. Regular scaling and root planing can keep the disease from spreading and even help you reverse course in some cases.
How Often Should I Schedule Treatment?
We typically recommend scheduling a scaling and root planing appointment, also known as a deep cleaning or periodontal cleaning, at least once every six months if you have been diagnosed with gum disease or are regularly showing symptoms. However, your individual case may require more frequent treatment, especially if the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage.
Ready for Some High-Quality Dental Care?
Schedule a periodontal exam and cleaning appointment today. Our friendly, expert team is standing by to help you get your oral health back on track!