With twice-yearly visits to our office here at Michael J. Weiss & Associates, you can avoid gum disease, or at least halt its progress at an early stage. Our dental care specialist in Woodside wants you to be aware of the causes, symptoms, and treatment options associated with gum disease, in order to give you the best chance to maintain strong and healthy gums.
Gum disease is caused by dental plaque, the film-like substance that grows on and between teeth and at the gum line, along with its hardened version, tartar. It erodes tooth enamel, forming cavities. In addition, it is responsible for affecting your gums, which are the primary signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Symptoms are typically reddening and irritation. With later stage gum disease, periodontitis, you would experience more serious symptoms, among which are receding gums, bleeding when you brush, swollen gums, and persistent bad breath. Treatment options depend on which stage of gum disease is being dealt with. The progress of gingivitis can be halted and its effects reversed with a teeth cleaning. You get one when you come in for your twice-yearly visit to our dental care specialist in Woodside. Sometimes, in stubborn cases, a second round of cleaning might be necessary for the desired outcome to be achieved. Periodontitis requires a deeper type of cleaning, which is called scaling and root planing. It means our dental care specialist in Woodside getting down to your roots, in order to remove the offending plaque and tartar. At that point, it is essential to get treatment, because your gum and bone tissue, as well as your teeth can be put in jeopardy otherwise.
Now is the ideal time to set up an appointment. Have gum disease taken care of before it has a chance to cause bigger problems than simple irritation and redness.