The Significance of Gum Disease
Gum disease is really a bacterial infection in the gums. It can start early and will become progressively more damaging as the individual ages and it is not treated. It starts with the formation of plaque and then tartar just at the gumline or slightly below. As the tartar formation becomes larger it irritates the gum tissue and, as food particles and bacteria become trapped, the infection quickly spreads.
Over time the infection can lead to deep pockets of bacteria in the gum tissue and bone loss surrounding the teeth. This can cause tooth loss and higher risk of the health issues discussed above.
Often the first signs of gum disease are overlooked. They can include red, irritated and swollen gums along with bleeding from the gums during brushing and flossing.
Early Detection and Prevention is Critical
One of the many issues that Dr. Dean Hutto and the dental hygienists in our Baytown dental office will consider when you are having a checkup is the condition of your gums and the presence of any signs of the early signs of gum disease. Often by learning better and more effective ways to brush and floss you can prevent gum disease from becoming an issue.
If you have gum disease Dr. Hutto has several options for treatment, depending on the severity. These can include deep cleaning such as scaling and root planning to remove the tartar deposits above and below the gumline. There is also new technology, HYDRO FLOSS, which can be used twice a day to remove bacteria from the surface of the teeth.
For very serious gum disease complications oral surgery, which will be referred out to a local periodontist, may be required. Arestin Antibiotic Therapy can also be used to fight bacteria that are trapped deep in the pockets in the gums.
Book a Checkup Today With Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, TX
Give us a call today to book a checkup with Dr. Hutto at (281) 422-8248. We can examine your mouth for any of the early warning signs and help you develop a preventative dental hygiene routine that is great for your dental and overall health.