There is a problem that is sweeping through the nation that few Americans are talking about: gum disease.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and can increase your risk of a host of overall health problems. Your dentist in Lancaster CA, Dr. Tab Boyle, is an expert in treating dental problems and restoring mouth’s at risk of serious problems.
We have minimally invasive, nonsurgical techniques that will help keep your teeth and gums healthy for the rest of your life. You can call our office today at (661) 524-8457 or use the online form to book your visit.
We have a special post for you today about the challenges of gum disease and what’s become one of the most efficient ways to correct the problem.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused from bacteria that build up beneath the gum line, though some people unfortunately are at a higher risk of gum disease because genetics. It’s easy for food particles and bacteria to develop below the gum, especially if you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly. Brushing and flossing should reduce your risk of gum disease, along with maintaining your six month dental cleanings and exams. If you do have an infection in the gums, you might experience bleeding, tenderness or even swelling in the gums.
To be clear, bleeding or swelling in the gums is not normal. So many patients ignore this early sign of gum disease and end up regretting it later.
When gum disease strikes
Gum disease starts out small. You might have some tenderness in the gums and maybe some bleeding, though it’s possible you’ll not exhibit any of these traditional signs. The reason we dentists need to treat gum disease is because it can spread quickly throughout the mouth and even into the bone. Advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, eats away at the gum tissues and then the bone, leaving little support for your teeth. This is why people with gum disease often have teeth fail or literally loose in the socket.
Treating gum disease
Gum disease is not an easy problem to fix. In fact, in its later stages, there is no known cure. You’ll need care for the rest of your life. The traditional way to treat gum disease is with scalpels and sutures. The dentist, usually a periodontist — doctor who specializes in treating gum problems — will literally cut out the infection and then uses stitches to reattach the gum tissue. You’ll want to avoid this at all costs.
That’s why we offer nonsurgical gum treatment known as rooting and scaling. This is a process of removing the tartar buildup on the tooth. We’ll also use medication to fight off any future infection.
Find your dental home in Lancaster CA
Gum disease can be a devastating problem to face. We are proud to offer ways to keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime. Don’t be afraid to ask us about your dental concerns, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. We’re here to help. Give us a call today at (661) 524-8457 or book a visit using the online form.