Gum Disease Treatment

Enhance Your Oral Wellness With Gum Disease Treatment

gum diseaseEver wondered why your gums sometimes bleed when you brush your teeth? Or perhaps you’ve noticed persistent bad breath? These could be signs of gum disease, a common oral health issue that affects many. Fortunately, at Ridgeview Family Dental, our Missouri dentists, Dr. R. Mckell Young and Dr. Jason Kingsolver, offer effective gum disease treatments to improve your oral health and keep your smile shining bright. 

To learn more about the treatments available at our Oak Grove and Warrensburg dental offices, contact Ridgeview Family Dental at (660) 747-9117.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding the teeth. It typically starts with the accumulation of plaque — a sticky film of bacteria — on the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to more severe conditions, including tooth loss.

Stages of Gum Disease

  • Gingivitis: Early stage with mild inflammation and reversible damage.
  • Periodontitis: Advanced stage with irreversible damage to the bone and tissues.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: Severe damage leading to tooth loss and potential systemic health issues.

Signs of Gum Disease

woman touching her face in painSome of the common signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Receding gums or longer-looking teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together

Types of Gum Disease Treatment

  • Professional Cleaning: Scaling and root planing by your Missouri dentist
  • Medications: Antibiotics or antimicrobial mouthwashes to control infection
  • Surgical Procedures: In advanced cases, surgical interventions such as gum grafts or flap surgery may be necessary

Benefits of Gum Disease Treatment

Your Missouri dentist may recommend gum disease treatment due to their various advantages, including:

  • Preservation of Teeth: Effective gum disease treatment helps prevent tooth loss by addressing the underlying issues that contribute to gum inflammation and damage.
  • Alleviation of Discomfort: Treatment reduces pain and discomfort associated with swollen and tender gums, allowing for a more comfortable daily life.
  • Improved Gum Health: The reduction of inflammation and infection contributes to overall improved gum health, enhancing the appearance and function of your gums.
  • Enhanced Breath: Treating gum disease often results in fresher breath, as it helps eliminate the bacteria causing persistent bad breath.
  • Prevention of Complications: Early intervention prevents the progression of gum disease to more severe stages, reducing the risk of complications and the need for extensive dental procedures.

Who is a Candidate for Gum Disease Treatment?

Anyone experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding or swollen gums, should consider seeking treatment. Regular dental check-ups are essential for early detection and intervention.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, gum disease can be prevented through consistent and effective oral hygiene practices. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental check-ups are key components of preventing gum disease. Additionally, avoiding tobacco use and maintaining a balanced diet can contribute to overall gum health.

While good oral hygiene practices are crucial for preventing and managing gum disease, professional dental care is essential for effective treatment. Home remedies such as warm saltwater rinses for natural antimicrobial agents like tea tree oil may provide temporary relief but shouldn’t replace professional intervention.

Yes, there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting a connection between gum disease and systemic health issues. Periodontal disease has been linked to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory problems. Treating gum disease not only preserves oral health but may also contribute to better well-being.

Regular dental check-ups are crucial for early detection of gum disease. Dentists typically recommend biannual visits for routine examinations and cleanings. However, individuals with a history of gum disease or other risk factors may require more frequent check-ups as advised by their dental professionals.

Embrace a Healthier Smile 

Gum disease is a common yet treatable condition that requires attention to maintain optimal oral health. If you suspect you may have gum disease, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our Missouri dentists. Early intervention can make a significant difference in preserving your smile and well-being. 

Don’t hesitate to call Ridgeview Family Dental at (660) 747-9117. Our team is proud to serve Missouri patients in Warrensburg, Oak Grove, Grain Valley, Odessa, and Bates City. 

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