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Healthy gums are required for optimal oral health. The condition of your gums can affect more than just the health of your mouth. Research has found links between good oral health and general overall health. Serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems and stroke have been found to be associated with gum disease. When identified in its early stages, gum disease is easy to treat. But, if left neglected, it may affect your health, and you could lose teeth as a result.

Treatment for gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, is usually simple with general dentistry. A professional cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar build up is generally enough to stop gum disease from advancing. Your dentist may recommend special mouthwash or toothpaste to help with the healing process. Depending on the extent of the problem, you may be advised to return for a follow up visit so your dentist can monitor the healing of your gums.

Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease. This condition requires more extensive treatment, and depending on the severity of the disease, it may entail the use of antibiotics either orally or placed in the gum to stop the infection. It may also require surgical removal of dead or dying gum tissue. Most patients with periodontitis are advised to schedule follow-up appointments for treatment and monitoring of the healing process.

Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease

The classic signs of periodontal disease are red or bright pink swollen gums. The gums may bleed when brushing or flossing the teeth and sometimes when eating. A buildup of hard yellow-brownish tartar is also present around the teeth.

As the tartar accumulates, it pushes the gums away from the teeth and causes pockets to form. This creates spaces where food debris and bacteria work to increase infection. Unless the infection is treated, the byproducts of this interaction can cause the bone to begin resorption. This process eventually leads to tooth loss.

Causes of gum disease are varied. Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause. Hormonal changes that girls and women experience can make them more susceptible to gum disease during certain times. There are some medicines and medical conditions that also contribute to the development of gum disease. Genetics can also play a role in some instances.

The dental team at Shadle Smiles is dedicated to helping you keep your smile bright and healthy. If you notice signs of gum disease, be sure to contact our office, and schedule an appointment. We are happy to examine your teeth and gums and provide the necessary dental care to restore your oral health.

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