Your gums are the foundation of your smile. However, they are also delicate tissues that are susceptible to infection from bacteria inside your mouth. It is critical that your gums remain in good health so that your teeth can remain strong and your body can stay healthy too. In fact, periodontal infections (gum disease) are linked to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature birth. At Riverwood Dental, we make your gum health a priority. Not only do we closely monitor the condition of your gums at each routine checkup, but we also offer proven gum disease treatments if your gums are showing signs of infection.
Gum disease is essentially an infection and/or irritation within the gum tissue. This often begins when plaque and bacteria are allowed to accumulate along the gum line. At first, the gums will show signs of irritation, such as swelling and bleeding, but the infection can progress quickly if not treated. More advanced stages of gum disease involve deep pockets of gum tissue and the destruction of underlying bone. Patients become at risk for tooth loss, and the infection is more difficult to reverse at this progressed stage. Our Cumberland office proudly offers effective treatment for all stages of gum disease, whether it is a deep cleaning for gingivitis or a more complex procedure for periodontitis.
Understanding Gum Disease
- Infection and Irritation
Gum disease is essentially an infection and/or irritation within the gum tissue. It typically begins when plaque and bacteria accumulate along the gum line, causing initial signs of irritation like swelling and bleeding.
- Progression of Infection
Without prompt treatment, gum disease can progress rapidly, leading to more advanced stages with deep pockets of gum tissue and the destruction of underlying bone. This puts patients at risk for tooth loss, and reversing the infection becomes more challenging.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Detecting gum disease early offers the best chance for a conservative and successful treatment. While we always evaluate your periodontal health during your routine visits, we encourage patients to take a proactive approach by monitoring periodontal health at home. This includes watching out for the following symptoms of gum disease:
- Red, swollen or tender gum tissue
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Gums that bleed easily
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is an infection and/or irritation within the gum tissue, often starting with the accumulation of plaque and bacteria along the gum line.
Can gum disease be reversed?
Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, can be reversed with prompt and appropriate treatment. However, more advanced stages require comprehensive care to manage and prevent further damage.
If you have any symptoms of gum disease or suspect a gum infection, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. We consider it a privilege to care for your family’s oral health through all stages of life. By keeping your gums in check, we can foster a healthy mouth as well as a healthy body.