One key element of of oral wellness is healthy gums. Gums help to support our teeth, and protect the more vulnerable root area from decay. But vital as they are, these sensitive tissues are prone to illness and infection. As with any disease, gum disease is best treated early. What are the early signs of gum disease, and what can be done to treat it?
Early gum disease is known as gingivitis, and starts developing when built-up plaque begins inflaming gum tissue. Gums become red and may bleed easily when you are brushing and flossing. However, gingivitis does not usually cause pain, so many people may not realize they have it.
If left untreated, gingivitis can quickly worsen. Gums pull away from the teeth, forming deep pockets. Eventually teeth loosen and can fall out. Treating gum disease before these late stages is essential. Often this can be done non-surgically with various deep cleaning methods.
Sometimes, extra professional teeth cleanings by Drs. Jim Nored & Annette Gemp can do the trick. By removing plaque, the disease cannot take hold. When this isn’t enough, they may recommend scaling and root planing. In these procedures, plaque is removed from below the gum line, and tooth roots are smoothed to prevent future accumulation of plaque.
For more serious gum disease, surgical treatment is necessary.
If you have seen early signs of gum disease and would like to schedule an appointment at Crosby Dental Center, please call our dental office in Houston, TX, today. Your total wellness, including healthy gums, is our ultimate goal.