Working with your dentist in Rose Hill, KS to manage gum disease
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that at least half of the adults in America have some form of gum disease. This condition is usually quite preventable, but once established, requires the care of a dentist to get it under control and to maintain oral health. Dr. Mark Troilo, Dr. Jessica Niederee, and their hygiene team at Rose Hill General & Cosmetic Dentistry are helping patients in Rose Hill, KS, and surrounding areas live healthier lives with effective prevention and management of gum disease.
Understanding gum disease
Plaque is a transparent, sticky film that forms on your teeth. If it isn’t removed with frequent brushing and flossing, it provides an ideal environment for harmful bacteria. Plaque builds up and hardens into tartar or calculus. Toxins excreted by bacteria and the tartar irritate gum tissues. Untreated, the inflammation worsens and involves ligament and bone which support teeth. Eventually teeth loosen and fall out.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage. Gums appear puffy and discolored and may bleed when you brush or floss. The condition is reversible at this point, with proper professional treatment and on-going home hygiene.
If allowed to progress, it becomes periodontitis, which causes irreversible damage to bones and fibers. The gums no longer seal tightly to teeth forming pockets below the gum line. Those pockets trap food debris and plaque, worsening the condition. Dental treatment is vital at this stage to prevent further damage and conserve remaining bone.
In the advanced periodontitis stage, supporting structures are destroyed. Teeth shift and loosen, impacting your bite and your ability to eat nutritious food. Breath is bad and gums are unattractive. Teeth may have to be extracted.
Treating gum disease
We have a great deal of experience in helping patients prevent gum disease or turn it around. We start with a review of proper brushing and flossing techniques. Since smoking greatly increases risk, we’ll talk with you about cessation. A thorough cleaning gets rid of visible tartar. Scaling removes tartar below the gum line, and a process called root planing smooth the roots and sterilizes pockets to promote healing. We may recommend additional surgical procedures to restore bone loss, for advanced cases.
It’s important to know that gum disease doesn’t just impact your appearance and your mouth. The bacteria which cause it are linked to serious systemic illnesses including heart attack, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.
There is simply no need to put your smile and your health at risk. Call us today at (316) 768-4050 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a patient of Rose Hill General & Cosmetic Dentistry.