Gum Disease Therapy
Taking steps to keep your mouth healthy is essential to prevent serious oral health issues like gum disease. Caring for your mouth involves several steps – brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and dental visits at least twice a year for professional cleanings and exams. Ignoring these critical steps, or continually missing the same spots when you do brush and floss can lead to a buildup of plaque and bacteria, which can then lead to gum disease. This condition is a progressive oral health issue and only continues to get worse as time goes on. At Abigail Rollins, DMD, PC, we can diagnose your gum disease and provide you with the appropriate treatments to restore the health of your mouth. We can also help you to prevent gum disease from reoccurring.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by an excess buildup of plaque (a sticky film that builds up on your teeth) and oral bacteria. Both irritate your gum tissue, triggering your immune system to send out an inflammatory response. As a result, your gums swell, and they may bleed when you brush and floss. Swollen gums begin to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria fall into these pockets and begin attacking your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone while continuing to attack your gum tissue. As the condition worsens, your gums recede, your teeth become loose, and they may even fall out. Bacteria can also potentially enter your bloodstream, which can cause serious health issues.
Causes of Gum Disease
There are several causes of gum disease:
Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are a multitude of symptoms that can indicate gum disease:
Treating Gum Disease
Treatments for gum disease vary based on the severity of your condition. Common treatments include:
If you suspect you have gum disease, don’t wait until your next scheduled cleaning to find out. Call Abigail Rollins, DMD, PC at (971) 915-0555 to schedule your appointment today.