According to the National Institutes of Health, over 75% of adult Americans have some form of periodontal disease. Even with thorough oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings, it is not always possible to prevent gum disease. The good news is that as long as it’s detected early, gum disease can be easily treated to protect your teeth.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gingivitis is the most common type of gum disease. If you have swollen red gums that tend to bleed when you brush or floss, you most likely have gingivitis.
These symptoms can also be an early indication of periodontitis – a more advanced form of periodontal disease. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets of bacteria and infection. If not treated, periodontitis can break down the bone and connective tissue that hold your teeth in place, eventually resulting in:
- Bleeding even with gentle brushing
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Tooth loss
- Bad breath
Some studies have linked untreated periodontitis to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes complications, and other systemic issues.
Treating Periodontal Disease
If you have gum disease, our experienced team of professional hygienists will provide you with safe and effective treatment. Sometimes, gingivitis can be treated with simple changes in your brushing and flossing habits. In other cases, our hygiene team may use soft tissue laser gum therapy to eliminate infection and stimulate healing.
For certain types of gum disease, scaling and root planing may be necessary. Our office uses an ultrasonic scaler to more thoroughly remove tarter and bacteria both above and below the gum line. As an added benefit, the ultrasonic scaler reduces your discomfort and minimizes bleeding.
For advanced cases of periodontal disease, we may need to refer you to a local periodontist who we trust to care for our patients. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis once our dentists have diagnosed the extent of your condition.
If you live in or around Southwest Denver and are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, please contact Colorado Dental Arts today to schedule an appointment to discuss how we can restore your gums and teeth to optimal oral health.