Proper oral hygiene can help keep your gums healthy and promotes strong teeth and a stable bite. Caring for your gums is essential for a healthy and beautiful smile and is all too often overlooked. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can be avoided with diligent oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist office. Marrero, LA dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Hemphill encourage patients to visit the dentist at least twice a year for gum disease prevention.
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Diagnosing Gum Disease

Gum disease is a progressive oral health concern. The Earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis is common amongst adolescents, adults, and pregnant women. You may know that you have gingivitis if your gums are red, swollen or bleed or are painful to brush and floss. Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection created by plaque and tartar build-up in and around the gums. Gingivitis is reversible and when caught early can be treated with professional teeth cleanings and better at home oral hygiene. Early detection and treatment are essential in avoiding the development of periodontitis, the later stage of gum disease.

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease that can lead to other complex oral health concerns and systemic health consequences. Periodontist occurs when the plaque bacteria progress and creates deep pockets in the gums line and begins to deterioration the jaw bone. Late-stage gum disease can cause tooth loss, bone recession, and may even spread to the blood stream leading to an increased risk of heart disease and cardiovascular disease.

Schedule A Consultation

Barataria Dental offers thorough periodontal screenings at every appointment. Catching gum disease early can help patients avoid complex dental health concerns and restorative procedures. Periodontal screening is a simple procedure and only takes a few minutes. Routine dental checkups can help you keep your gums and teeth healthy. Regular dental cleanings keep gums free of bacterial build up. Contact our Marrero, LA dentist office to schedule a comprehensive oral health exam today, or, schedule your next visit online.

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