Do you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums? You may be developing periodontitis or gum disease. This condition is caused by the infection of gum tissue. Plaque that infects the gums can inflame them and cause bleeding. As gum infection progresses, pockets can form between teeth, loosening them or causing them to fall out.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and is characterized as an inflammation of the gums. However, if it is caught soon enough, gingivitis is treatable and reversible. Periodontitis is gum disease and can also impact your physical health and wellness. For patients with existing conditions including heart problems, gum disease can make disease management more difficult.
Dr. Jessica Christy of Orchard Hill Dental provides restorative dental treatment to patients including periodontal therapy. To contact her Hendersonville, NC dentist office, call (828) 247-7001. You may also request an appointment on our website.
Causes of Gum Disease
Patients with these conditions may be predisposed to gum disease:
- Tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Improper oral hygiene
One of the main preventative measures against gum disease is good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing twice a day, and even after meals. Using mouthwash in moderation can also help to reduce plaque build-up. Be sure to schedule regular dental cleanings and visits to the dental office to ensure that you are getting the oral care you need.
Symptoms of Periodontitis
There are multiple signs of periodontitis to look out for:
- Swollen, red gums
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Mouth sores
Have you noticed any of these symptoms? Contact our Hendersonville, North Carolina dental office. Our dental team will work with you to remove infection at the source.
Treating Gum Disease
Dr. Christy uses a laser to treat patients with gum disease. In periodontal laser therapy, the soft tissue diode laser is used to remove infected gum tissue from the tooth root. Exposing the tooth root allows Dr. Christy to scrape plaque from below the gumline. This is called root scaling. Then, she will smooth the tooth root to prevent future infection. During the healing process, healthy tissue will regenerate.