Gum Disease Treatment

When your hygiene routine isn’t as good as it should be, or when you don’t attend regular preventative dental visits as often as recommended, you may be at an increased risk of gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, the condition describes a progressive infection in your gums that can reach your jawbone structure and the tissues that support your teeth. Gum disease occurs in stages, beginning with gingivitis and progressing into periodontitis. In its most severe form, periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Gingivitis arises when excessive amounts of oral bacteria (the building blocks of plaque and tartar) settle along your gum line. The bacteria can infect the gums, leading to rampant inflammation as gingivitis develops. If detected and addressed early enough, gingivitis can be treated and may be reversed with deep periodontal cleaning (known as scaling and root planing).

If gingivitis isn’t treated immediately, then it can quickly develop into periodontitis, which means bacteria and infection have worked their way deeper underneath your gums. The toxins that these bacteria produce can then erode your jawbone structure and periodontal tissues that support the roots of your teeth. When periodontitis develops, it cannot be reversed. However, it can be controlled with routine treatment and maintenance both at home and at our office to help prevent tooth loss.

Because gum disease involves unchecked inflammation in your oral tissues, its presence can increase your risks of other inflammatory conditions, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Complications with pregnancy
  • Type II diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Dementia
  • And much more

To protect your smile from gum disease, schedule an examination with your dentist by calling Dimples Family Dentistry in Norwalk, IA, today at 515-256-1176.