Gum Disease Therapy in Waxhaw, NC
Keeping your smile healthy and attractive involves more than simply taking care of your teeth. You must also take care of your gums and the underlying bone structure. Both of these literally play an important supporting role, helping to keep your teeth looking healthy and staying in proper alignment.
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, often sneaks in undetected. Many people are unaware that they have early stage gum disease, called gingivitis, until it begins to advance causing red, irritated, sensitive gums. Left untreated, gingivitis can advance and become periodontitis. At this point, professional treatment is required to reverse the effects and halt the advance of this bacterial infection.
How does Gum Disease Start?
The human mouth is filled with bacteria. Some are vital to oral health and digestion. Others, however, are harmful. Fortunately, brushing and flossing help to reduce the number of these bacteria. However, poor oral hygiene allows these bacteria to multiply.
In particular, not flossing leaves plaque on your teeth and along the gum line. Parked here, bacteria feed on sugars in the foods you eat and excrete acids and other toxins, which gradually begin to destroy gum and connective tissue.
Recognizing Gum Disease
One of the first recognizable signs of gum disease can be bleeding gums. This is your signal to brush and floss more often and more thoroughly. Otherwise, the destruction of gum tissue continues and other signs and symptoms appear, including:
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums that can make your teeth appear longer and may cause tooth sensitivity
- Enlarged pockets around your teeth
- Drifting or loose teeth
- Ill-fitting dentures
Finally, periodontitis could necessitate tooth extraction. The good news is, Dr. Ruoccocan identify signs of gum disease, both gingivitis and periodontitis, before symptoms and problems set in.
Why is Stopping Gum Disease so Important?
Periodontitis is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. As many as eight in 10 adults suffer from this silent smile stealer. In addition, gum disease can lead to serious health issues, including heart attack, stroke, and memory loss. This oral-systemic connection points to a link between the bacteria that cause gum disease and these other illnesses and diseases.
At Ruocco Dental, we care about your oral health and overall health. That’s why we offer gum disease treatment in Marvin that is designed to stop the progression of bacteria and restore vitality to your smile.
Gum Disease Therapy
By detecting problems early at your regular dental checkups, we can often treat it with non-surgical therapy including:
- Scaling — to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
- Root Planing — to reduce rough areas on teeth roots so plaque and tartar are less likely to adhere
- Antibiotic Therapy — that is applied directly to gum tissue and inside enlarged gum pockets to battle infection
Don't let gum disease affect your smile, or your quality of life. Contact us for an appointment today with your dentist in Waxhaw.