Infrastructure is a huge subject of discussion in our nation, but did you know that your gums are the infrastructure of your teeth? If neglected, you can have gorgeous, bright, and shiny teeth that are still in danger of collapse. In fact, the American Dental Association states that gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is among the principal causes of adult tooth loss. About half of adult-aged Lakeland, FL residents have some form of periodontal disease. As an inflammatory condition, it has also been linked with maladies like heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. That’s why the prevention of gum disease is one of the primary goals at our dentist office in Lakeland, FL.
What Are the Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease causes swelling of the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. Plaque, a bacterial film that collects on your teeth and gums, is the culprit because inflammation is among the bodies’ natural defense against infection. The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. You might have gingivitis if you notice:
- Your gums are red and feel irritated
- Your gums bleed when you brush and floss
- You have persistent bad breath
- Your teeth begin to feel loose
If you notice these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment right away. Gingivitis is reversible through regular maintenance and good oral hygiene practices at home. But some practices may exacerbate gum disease, such as:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Excessive consumption of sugary foods and drinks
- Poor flossing habits
Treating Gum Disease at Quality Dental Care of Lakeland
If caught early, routine maintenance can usually stem the tide through professional teeth cleanings every six months coupled with flossing and brushing at least twice a day. But if you let it go, you may begin to suffer from periodontitis.
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. This is the collapsing bridge stage of your oral infrastructure where your gums are receding, maybe even rapidly so that your teeth become unanchored to your jaw. Bone loss at this stage may also occur.
Drs. Vernon Smith and Mohammad Zaman may treat your periodontitis with a deep cleaning process known as scaling and planing. This treatment will scrape away heavy deposits of plaque and tartar in order to smooth your gum surfaces and eliminate bacteria and the places those little buggers like to hide. Your gums will be numbed for your comfort during this procedure, and it may take multiple appointments to complete. But this treatment will help prevent the need for gum surgery.
Take Care of Your Gums at Our Dentist Office in Lakeland
If you see the signs, take action to address your gum disease early. Our team at Quality Dental Care of Lakeland, FL is ready to help you today. Give our Lakeland dentist office a call at (863) 858-3891 to schedule an appointment with our dentist.