Gum disease affects millions of Americans each year, and if it is not treated effectively in a timely manner with general dentistry, it can cause severe consequences that can affect the life of your teeth. River Peak Dental offers effective treatment for gum disease to residents in and around Ridgway, Colorado. While gum disease is almost entirely preventable, it still affects people of all ages. Dr. Chris Poe, DDS, has the knowledge, skill, and experience to effectively treat gum disease so that it is eradicated from the mouth and the oral health is fully restored.
Gum disease begins in a very mild stage known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated with early intervention and the implementation of positive oral health care habits at home. However, if gingivitis is not treated early and it is allowed to progress, it will develop into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a severe form of gum disease that causes irreversible consequences and permanent damage to the mouth. At River Peak Dental we provide treatment for gum disease, which includes: deep cleaning, root planing, scaling, anti-microbial rinses, and antibiotics when infections need to be treated.
If you are suffering from gum disease, please do not neglect your oral health. Call River Peak Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Poe. For full restoration from gum disease early intervention provides the greatest results.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
The most important thing to understand about gum disease is that it is almost entirely preventable. The number one cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Most people brush their teeth on a regular basis, yet they neglect the most important part of their dental care routine: flossing. Flossing your teeth is more important than brushing your teeth because it helps to scrape away bacteria-laden plaque from the gum line and from the tight spaces between the teeth. When plaque is allowed to grow in these areas, the bacteria and the acids that they produce will begin to attack and infect the gums.
The most noticeable signs of gum disease are:
- Tender, swollen, red gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Pus or infection at the gum line
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, please do not ignore them. Gum disease is easily treatable when intervention is given in the earliest stages. Yet waiting “just a little while” before seeking treatment can cause irreversible damage that has lifetime effects on your smile.
Contact River Peak Dental today to schedule an appointment if you have any of the symptoms of gum disease. We are here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for life.