Your gums are the basis for your oral health. They support your teeth and provide nourishment to your smile. However, they can be the most vulnerable tissue to infection and oral problems. When periodontal disease takes hold, it can cause halitosis, bleeding, receding gums and even tooth loss. It also puts you at a higher risk for other serious health problems. Our team at Buford Family Dental is committed to helping our patients prevent and treat gum disease to protect their smiles and overall health.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth. Bacteria that cause gum disease attack the tissue and cause an infection that can result in receding, swollen gums. Eventually, this infection can begin to destroy the gum tissue and bone surrounding the teeth, resulting in loose or lost teeth. To treat gum disease, the infection must be stopped. Deep cleanings and medications can be used to treat gum disease and reverse this progression of deteriorating oral health.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that can hide in between teeth and in crevices that are hard to keep clean. Plaque forms that can harden into tartar, further irritating the gum tissue. This can cause the first symptoms of gum disease, which include:
- Swollen or red gum tissue
- Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath or halitosis
- Tender gum tissue
- Receding gums
To combat the early stages of gum disease, removing all plaque and tartar is necessary. Special mouthwashes can also be used to kill bacteria and fight the infection. If caught early, the infection can be treated and healthy gum tissue can be restored.
Regular checkups and cleanings, along with excellent oral hygiene, are the best ways to prevent gum disease. If an infection begins, our dental team can start treatment to stop gum disease right away. Contact Buford Family Dental today to schedule a checkup if you have any signs of gum disease.