Gum disease is an incredibly common progressive condition affecting millions of Americans. While its most common form is the mildest, gingivitis, may seem innocuous, it can manifest and develop into a severe condition known as advanced periodontitis. Gum disease can be prevented and in the earliest stages be reversed, but advanced gum disease can only be managed. Managing gum disease can help to prevent tooth loss, heightened risks of other conditions like stroke and heart disease, and prevent the erosion of gum tissue and bone structures. Your dental team in Olathe, KS, is hear to help you protect your smile from the effects of gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
All stages of gum disease are caused by the build up of bacteria along the gum line. As bacteria collects along and beneath the gum tissue, it can irritate the gums causing them to become inflamed and infected. Gingivitis literally means the inflammation (-itis) of gum tissue (gingiva). The gums can become puffy, swollen, and red. You may see bleeding when you brush or floss. At this stage, a deep cleaning known as a scaling and root planing can help to remove the bacteria from under the gums.
As gum disease progresses, it can cause your gums to recede away from your teeth. Gum recession can expose the roots of your teeth to more bacteria by causing pockets for it to collect. Regular scaling and root planings can clear away bacteria from the roots of the teeth and the gums. Leaving gum disease unchecked can cause the gum tissue to pull away so aggressively that tooth loss can happen. In fact, gum disease is one of the most common reasons for tooth loss. Gum disease is also linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and other systemic issues that can be kept in check when keeping gum disease under control.
Does Gum Disease Affect Your Smile?
Unchecked gum disease can wreak havoc on a smile. To schedule a consultation call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.