Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis is very common in adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease is caused when plaque and tarter build up along the gum line, irritating the gums. Common symptoms of gum disease are:
• bleeding gums when brushing
• bright red or red purple color to gums
• mouth sores
• swollen gums
• bad breath
With routine cleanings and a quality at-home oral hygiene routine it is possible to prevent gum disease. The effects of gum disease are also quite easy to reverse when caught early and proper treatment is received.
Our hygienists at Gladstone Family Dental provide gentle, thorough cleanings that remove the plaque build-up that normal brushing misses. They also use the Cavitron Ultrasonic Cleaner, which comfortably removes tarter build-up above and below the gum line. The hygienists also offer oral hygiene education and instruction on how to get the maximum benefit from brushing and flossing.
Recent studies have shown an association between gum disease and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, low birth weight and diabetes. Because gum disease can have an adverse effect on your over-all health Drs. Dale and Platt and the Gladstone hygiene team strongly suggest getting professional cleanings at least every six months.