Gum Disease Therapy in Carrollton
Maybe It Is Your Problem
When you see a beautiful smile—yours or anyone else’s—you can bet there are healthy gums playing an important behind-the-scenes role. Gum tissue and the bone structure underneath support your teeth. If they become unhealthy, then chances are your smile will become unhealthy, too. Therefore, maintaining healthy gums is critical to the attractive appearance of your smile. To make sure your gums are always in their best condition, Dr. Henry Campbell and his staff offer gum disease therapy in Carrollton, TX.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is far more common than you’ve imagined. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of all adults over the age of 30 in the United States have mild, moderate or severe gum disease.
So what is gum disease? This prevalent oral condition is actually a bacterial infection that begins with plaque buildup. Plaque is a naturally occurring biofilm that accumulates in our mouths everyday. Although it’s natural, it’s not necessarily beneficial. Hiding in plaque are the bacteria that lead to gum disease and even tooth decay. If not cleaned away with regular brushing and flossing, these bacteria feed on the sugars left in your mouth after you eat and they excrete toxins that begin to destroy gum and bone tissue.
The Phases of Gum Disease
Gum disease is divided into three phases: gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. Each phase is marked by a different set of symptoms. Gingivitis is the first stage and the signs are red and swollen gums that often bleed when you brush, floss or eat hard foods. The next stage is periodontitis, which also causes:
- Chronic bad breath
- A sour taste in your mouth
- Enlarged gum pockets around your teeth
- Receding gums
Advanced periodontitis is the most severe stage. When this condition occurs, pus may be visible along the gums; your bite may change as teeth shift; and teeth may become loose. Without expert treatment, advanced periodontitis can lead to the need for tooth extraction.
Your Overall Wellbeing and Gum Disease
Unfortunately, gum disease could impact your general health, too. Researchers have found a connection between the bacteria in your mouth when gum disease is present and several systemic diseases and illnesses. The inflammation that surrounds infected gums is related to ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, dementia, depression and pregnancy complications.
Treating Gum Disease in Carrollton
To avoid gum disease and the consequences, Carrollton dentist Dr. Campbell strongly encourages regular dental checkups every six months. If necessary, we can remove the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that are the precursors to gum disease. We’ll also show you how best to brush and floss for optimal gum care.