When your smile develops poor gum health, this could lead to gingivitis, gum disease, and a host of uncomfortable symptoms. You could even develop tooth loss! Which is why you need to work with your Rochester, MN, dentist to maintain good gum health and either prevent or manage the disease.
The Causes of Gingivitis and Gum Disease
Our gums frame our smile and keep our teeth secured, so we need to make sure they stay healthy and strong. Poor brushing and flossing, combined with a diet high in sugar and starch, could lead to plaque and tartar buildup coating the teeth. These layers not only make stains more visible and increase the risk of tooth decay, but they inflame the gum tissues. Gingivitis could develop, causing sore and red gingival tissues that bleed easily. Without treatment, the inflammation worsens until tissues pull away from the teeth and form pockets. When disease-causing bacteria enter these pockets, the patient could develop periodontal disease. We cannot cure the disease, but can manage it with routine care to keep the tissues healthy and strong.
Prevention at Home
To avoid the disease, or to aid in managing it, you should take stems from home. For example, avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products, which could increase the severity of periodontal disease. You should also take action to limit plaque buildup. First, reduce the number of sugary and starchy foods and drinks you consume. You should also take care to remove these particles by brushing for two minutes each day and also flossing every evening.
Help in Our Office
For gingivitis or the early stages of disease, we could use a deep cleaning to reverse gingivitis or begin managing the disease. Afterward, routine visits every three of our months can keep the late stages connected to tooth loss at bay. We also have laser treatment to remove diseased tissue for more advanced stages of periodontal disease. Whether you have a minor or more severe case, we can take action to help protect your smile and avoid worsening symptoms and tooth loss.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like gingivitis and periodontal disease, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you and your family enjoy full and beautiful smiles for years to come.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT PERIODONTAL TREATMENT
Our team wants to help support and maintain a full smile by helping you avoid or manage periodontal issues. If you would like to learn more about preserving your smile, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.