You’re undoubtedly familiar with the focus on tooth decay when it comes to promoting your oral health. But here at Capehart Family Dentistry, we’re also concerned about gum disease and its potential effects, which can lead to a variety of complications, including lost teeth. A visit to our office two times per year for our Bellevue NE gum disease treatment combined with your attention to at-home oral hygiene will put the odds in your favor for avoiding the worst consequences of it.
The main cause of gum disease is dental plaque, the film-like substance that grows on and between teeth, and whose acid nature is responsible for the erosion of tooth enamel and also the irritation of your gum tissue. Eventually, it can lead to inflammation or even infection of the gums. Symptoms are dependent on the stage of gum disease. Gingivitis, which occurs first, may only cause mild irritation and reddening. You may not even realize that you have any problem at all until you come in for your six month exam. At that point, our Bellevue NE gum disease treatment is a fairly simple teeth cleaning (or two), which eliminates all of the plaque (and hardened tartar) from your mouth, and in the process reverses gingivitis. If you delay your twice-yearly trips to our office, though, gum disease may have a chance to progress to periodontitis, the later stage. Indications are more serious here, such as receding gums, persistent bad breath, gums that bleed when you brush, loss of gum and bone tissue, and maybe loose teeth. Fortunately, our Bellevue NE gum disease treatment of scaling and root planing is an effective method for addressing it. This is a deeper cleaning that gets down to the roots. In the worst case scenario, gum surgery may be required, but it is our goal to make that unnecessary for you.
Don’t let time go by and risk serious gum problems. Call us right now and book an appointment for your six month exam and teeth cleaning.