Caring for your smile also means maintaining excellent gum health. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss and can put you at higher risk for other serious health issues. At Columbine Creek Dentistry, we put emphasis on preventive care to help our patients maintain healthy smiles. When gum disease takes hold, we offer effective treatment to stop the progression of this disease to protect the health and smiles of our patients.
Gum or periodontal disease can occur quietly, impacting the health of the gum tissue and bone density in the jaw. Bacteria accumulation can create plaque and tartar that irritates the gum tissues, causing the gums to recede from the roots of the teeth. Pockets can form, creating more places for bacteria to hide, making it more difficult to maintain good oral health. If left untreated, infection of the gums can attack the tissue and bone holding teeth in place, loosening teeth and possibly leading to tooth loss.
Gum disease does occur quietly, but there are symptoms. The first form of gum disease is gingivitis. This is often accompanied by swollen or red gum tissue. The tender gum tissues can bleed during brushing or when chewing crunchy foods. Bad breath can be another symptom of gum disease from the plaque, tartar and bacteria that lead to this infection.
Treatment for gum disease starts with clearing away plaque and tartar from the teeth. This can include deep cleanings below the gum line. Root scaling and planing may be needed to remove calculus on tooth roots to allow gums to heal. Other treatment in the early stages can include special mouthwash and medications to fight infection and bacteria growth.