Treating and Preventing Periodontal Disease

Reversing Gum Disease will Improve Your Smile and Your Life

Gum disease can cause tooth loss, as well as contribute to overall health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Part of a healthy lifestyle is keeping your smile healthy. Huffman Family Dentistry has the expertise that you need to help treat and reverse your symptoms of gum disease before it’s too late.

Fact: Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults

We take preventing and treating gum disease very seriously. During your checkups at Huffman Family Dentistry, you’ll receive a comprehensive exam that screens for gum disease. Keeping your smile disease-free starts with preventive care and oral hygiene counseling. If you already have periodontitis, we will consider periodontal therapies with you.

How Do You Know If You Have It?

While a dental exam is the only way to get an accurate assessment of your gum health, there are signs you can look for at home:

  •       Swelling and inflammation along the gumline
  •       Gums that bleed
  •       Red, blue or purple-colored tissue
  •       Loose teeth
  •       Bad breath
  •       Visible tartar buildup
  •       Spaces between your teeth
  •       Food caught between your teeth
  •       A bad taste in your mouth
  •       Receding gums

Simple gingivitis begins as mild inflammation and gum bleeding, but can develop into advanced gum disease if left untreated. It is caused by plaque bacteria deposits under the gum tissue. If the plaque isn’t removed, the tooth’s supporting structures will begin to deteriorate. Mild bone loss becomes more severe over time, and teeth eventually fall out.

Effective home hygiene (brushing and flossing) is typically enough to reverse gingivitis, but some plaque will lodge too deeply for you to clean yourself. We recommend regular professional cleanings at least twice a year for patients with normal oral health, and more frequently for those battling gum disease.

Keep your gums, teeth, and yourself healthy. Call or walk-in today to make an appointment at Huffman Family Dentistry. Ask about our Perio-Protect Service.