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Preventing and treating gum disease is vital to protecting your smile and overall health. Over half of adults over thirty have some level of gum disease or periodontitis. This infection of the gum tissues can lead to tooth loss and put you at risk for other health problems like stroke, heart attacks and type 2 diabetes. Our professionals at Converse Dentistry have the experience and tools needed to care for your gum health, including effective gum disease therapy.
Fighting the onset of gum disease is a constant battle. It starts with excellent home care of your teeth and gums. However, frequent brushing and flossing alone are not enough. Professional cleanings twice a year can provide additional support in keeping your gums free of disease. We use ultrasonic cleanings to give our patients exceptional treatment to prevent and stop gum disease for a healthy smile.
Gum disease, or gingivitis, begins with bacteria accumulation around the teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing are meant to remove bacteria, but often there are crevices where these organisms can hide. When plaque is created, it can harden into tartar, irritating and infecting the gum tissue. If left untreated, this infection can cause the gums to recede, leading to tissue and bone breakdown and eventually tooth loss.
You can have gum disease without any noticeable symptoms, but most people will notice a change in their gums. The gum tissue can become red, swollen, and tender. You may notice a small amount of blood when you brush or tenderness when you chew crunchy foods. Halitosis, or bad breath, is another sign of gum disease.
While periodontitis is serious, it can be effectively treated. If caught in the early stages, gums can be healed and brought back to a good level of health. Your oral health is important to us at Converse Dentistry. Let our periodontal experts help you fight gum disease and give you back a clean bill of oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.