Treatment for Gum Disease
Gum disease is the top reason for tooth loss, and it is widely spread among adults. It is estimated that almost half of adults over 30 years of age have some level of gum disease, yet many may not even know they have this oral infection. At Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates, we work with our patients to inform them of the dangers of periodontal disease and give them tools to prevent this common disorder. We also offer effective treatment for gum disease at our clinic in Renton.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gum or periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that progresses over time. Bacteria can create plaque on the teeth, which can harden into tartar, irritating the gum tissue and harboring more bacteria. Routine oral hygiene can prevent accumulation of plaque and tartar, but there are health conditions that can increase risk for gum infections. The first stage of gum disease is usually gingivitis, which causes inflammation of the gum tissue and can progress into periodontitis. Not everyone has symptoms in the early stages, but they can include:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen or tender gums
- Gaps between gums and teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Loosening teeth
The best prevention for periodontal disease is daily brushing and flossing combined with routine dental visits for checkups and cleanings. Our hygienists perform gum disease exams during every cleaning. If there are signs of gum disease, a treatment plan will be recommended to prevent further oral health issues.
Treatment for gum disease in the early stages can include antibiotics or specialized mouthwash to curb gum infections. Deep cleanings or root planing may also be recommended. When periodontitis has progressed to bone loss, more invasive treatments may be necessary to prevent tooth loss.
Regular dental visits and home oral hygiene can prevent periodontitis and tooth loss. Contact us at Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates in Renton if you have symptoms of periodontal disease or it has been more than six months since your last checkup.