Healthy gums are essential to the health and retention of your teeth, and also an indicator of your overall health. We want to ensure that your gums are in good shape, as they are the foundation of your teeth. A beautiful smile means nothing if the foundation is weak.
Factors that contribute to gum disease include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Irregular professional dental cleanings
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Certain medications
- Defective fillings
- Systemic diseases
Healthy gums are tight, pink and do not bleed when they are gently probed. There is also little space between gums and teeth, making it tough for bacteria to build up.
If left untreated, your gums maybe become red, swollen and bleed easily. This is known as gingivitis, and is the first stage of gum disease. The space between the gum and teeth will widen allowing bacteria to build up easily. Although it may not be visible, this is serious, because the bacteria may eventually begin to attack the bone, which will lead to tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed easily while brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Swollen or red gums
- Spaces forming between your teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- Obvious plaque and tartar build up
- Persistent bad breath
- Sensitive teeth
Medical research increasingly shows gum disease may be linked to a host of other serious medical problems, including:
- Heart attack
Thankfully, our hygiene staff is highly trained to perform diagnostic and the initial aspects of periodontal therapy. Initial therapy includes the removal of plaque and tartar build-up above and below the gum line, and may also include the use of localized antibiotics to aid in treating the gums.