Gum disease is a progressive condition affecting the tissues, bones, and ligaments around your teeth. Unfortunately, your teeth depend on these things for support and stability. So when infections and inflammation invade, it’s important to seek gum disease treatment in Nederland, TX.
Even better than treatment is prevention. Yes, you can prevent gum disease with a few healthy habits. Let’s explore.
Gum Disease Prevention
Gum disease is staged from mild to severe, but it typically starts as a preventable condition called gingivitis. In the gingivitis stage, the inflammation and infection have yet to reach the bone, allowing your dentist to reverse the situation.
When gingivitis advances to periodontitis, it is treatable but cannot be eradicated. However, treatment can save your teeth and prevent systemic health complications.
Because treatments are ongoing, prevention is always best.
- Visit your dentist every six months for exams and teeth cleanings.
- Brush and floss your teeth following meals or at least twice daily.
- Give up smoking and tobacco use in all forms.
Typical Gum Disease Presentation
Gum disease can be silent or exhibit few symptoms, which is why dental checkups are so important. However, when symptoms do appear, you may notice some or all of the following:
- Bleeding and inflamed gums
- Gum recession and pocketing
- Tooth mobility and pain
- Bad breath that lingers
These symptoms don’t mean you have gum disease because they partially mimic oral infection and other conditions. But it’s always critical to seek a diagnosis and treatment in any case.
How We Treat Gum Disease in Nederland, TX
Because gum disease has various stages, we treat it according to your level of disease activity. Treatments often include instructions for at-home care and specialized cleanings in our dental office.
Other treatments include gum grafting to restore lost tissue and protect your teeth. We may also recommend root planing and scaling—cleaning above and below the gumline and recontouring tooth roots to promote adherence to the pocketed gum tissue.
Contact Your Nederland, TX, Dentist
Gum disease can be scary, but we are with you throughout treatment, offering a gentle hand and reassurance. We also aim for gentle, pain-free treatment.
Give us a call today to schedule your next dental visit.
Drs. Gomez, Noyola, and Royer serve patients in Nederland, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Central Gardens, Viterbo, Port Neches, Groves, and your area.