So, your dentist has said you have gum disease. While this might be intimidating at first, the condition is treatable. With the help of the dental team at Bella Hanono Family Dentistry, you will learn how to treat gum disease and how to prevent it in the future to keep your gums healthy.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the infection of the gums. It’s commonly caused by poor oral hygiene. Failing to brush and floss your teeth allows plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to accumulate in your mouth. Plaque contains harmful bacteria that release toxins that inflame your gums. This is usually the early stage of gum disease; symptoms include bleeding and swollen and red gums.
If plaque isn’t removed, it hardens into tartar which only a dentist can remove. Once tartar builds below, and above the gum line, infection infiltrates beneath gingival tissues and into your bone-supporting structures. If gum disease isn’t treated at this stage, the infection destroys gums, connective tissues, and the surrounding bone, resulting in gum recession and tooth loss.
You don’t need advanced treatments for gingivitis (an early form of gum disease). You can reverse gingivitis by simply flossing and brushing your teeth alongside professional cleanings. However, if plaque and tartar build-up is excessive, periodontal treatment may involve:
Once you win the battle against gum disease, Dr. Hanono, and the team will give you tips to prevent the infection in the future. Ultimately, we encourage you to brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, and see a dentist at least twice a year.
Bothered by gum disease in Alpharetta, Georgia? Please dial (770) 343-4052 to schedule an appointment with Bella Hanono Family Dentistry. We offer a wide range of periodontal treatments to keep your gums and teeth healthy.