Gum Disease Treatment Prairieville, LA
Just as your house needs a firm foundation, so do your teeth! This is what your gums provide, and when your gums are not healthy, your teeth are at risk.
Periodontal (gum) disease is prevalent among over half of American adults in some form, and it is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The good news is your team at Palm Family Dentistry can help!
Periodontal Disease 101
What is periodontal disease? Can it be prevented? Is there anything I can do at home to manage it?
There are many questions surrounding gum disease, and it can be tricky to detect it on your own during its early stage because there are not many symptoms or much pain at first.
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the support system for your teeth, which is your gums and bone. It is caused by excessive plaque buildup below the gum line, which allows the bacterial infection to develop.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. The first symptoms you may notice are that your gums appear red, irritated, or swollen, and they might bleed when you brush your teeth. Chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away is another sign of gingivitis.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease. In this stage, you may notice that your gums are receding or your teeth hurt when chewing.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
Gingivitis can be treated and often reversed with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. If you have noticed the early signs of gingivitis, it’s best to schedule a cleaning and checkup with Palm Family Dentistry right away. The earlier you treat gingivitis, the better your chances are of effectively managing it.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease; however, you can successfully manage your condition with the help of your dental team. The first step is a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing that can reach below the gum line to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that is causing your infection.
Palm Family Dentistry also offers laser therapies that are very helpful in eliminating the infection caused by gum disease and accelerating your healing process. Dr. Palm may also recommend additional cleanings throughout the year for patients managing gum disease.
Prevention Is the Key
Your six-month checkups and cleanings are truly your best defense against periodontal disease. This is because Dr. Palm can actually detect gum disease much earlier than you can, giving you the best chance of treating it successfully with less invasive treatment procedures.
If you find yourself facing gum disease, we’ll be here to help you manage it every step of the way. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.