Keeping your gums healthy is key to retaining your teeth. If your gums are less than healthy, they become less able to hold your teeth in place. At Greenway Family Dental, we want to help you preserve and protect your gums. We also provide treatment and intervention when your gums become compromised.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
An ongoing infection of your gums will, over time, erode the support for your teeth, causing them to loosen and eventually fall out. Most gum disease falls into two categories: gingivitis and periodontitis. Luckily, gingivitis is reversible and we can help with its treatment. However, if you have gingivitis and it worsens to periodontitis, this is very problematic, as it destroys your gums and bone tissue.
Causes of Gingivitis
When plaque builds up on your teeth its bacteria can irritate your gums. The gums then become red, sore, inflamed or swollen, or they may bleed easily. If this irritation is not stopped, the gums then begin to separate from the teeth. Spaces form and this is when teeth then begin to loosen.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
At Greenway Family Dental, we are dedicated to helping you create and maintain good oral health. To that end, we are vigilant about evaluating your gum health and treating your gingivitis if necessary.
If we find gingivitis, Dr. Steele and his team will employ a technique called root planing and scaling to clear bacteria from your gum line, helping you to preserve your teeth and a healthy smile.
We also encourage you to come in twice a year for cleanings that will help us keep your teeth clear of plaque, which is the primary cause of gingivitis.
What You Can Do
If you’re worried that you may be experiencing symptoms of gum disease, give us a call today. We can check your teeth and gums and recommend procedures that will alleviate your symptoms and get you back on track to a healthier mouth.
And, if you’ve already experienced tooth loss due to gum disease, there are many options to rectify the situation, including dental implants and dentures.