Do you have gums that are sore or bleed during brushing? Do your gums appear to be receding?
These symptoms could indicate the presence of gum disease: an often “silent”, progressive dental health issue that can lead to additional problems including tooth loss. Gum disease affects a large majority of adults at some point in their lives, but can be easily caught and treated if the patient receives routine dental care at Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA. Coming in twice per year for preventive care visits enables Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill to spot the early signs of gum disease and offer conservative treatment before it progresses and creates the need for restorative procedures to maintain oral health.
Typical signs of gum disease can include:
- Bleeding gums
- Red or sore gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
Some patients may also notice a change in their bite as teeth shift due to gum disease and consistent bad breath can also indicate the development of gum disease.
The treatment for gum disease is dependent upon the condition of a patient’s oral health or how far along the disease has progressed upon diagnosis. Barataria Dental offers periodontal therapy for most cases of gum disease and may refer patients to a periodontist for complex situations. For patients with gum disease in the early stage, commonly called gingivitis, a thorough cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing can typically remove plaque build up in the deeper recesses of the gums and gum line thus preventing further damage.
Routine preventive care visits with Barataria Dental are the foundation of good oral health, including healthy gums. A professional dental cleaning provides a more thorough removal of plaque and tartar buildup and help to prevent the development of dental problems that can compromise tooth structure over time.