Healthy gums provide a strong foundation for your teeth. If your gums are in poor health, you are at a higher risk of experiencing bad breath, dental discomfort, and tooth loss. At the Smile Center, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey provide general dentistry services to prevent oral health problems and identify the early signs of gum disease and tooth decay. If we find that you have developed gum disease, we can perform effective treatment to restore the health of your gums. To learn more about the gum disease treatment options that we offer, contact our Virginia Beach practice today.
When gum disease first develops, it is known as gingivitis. In this early stage of the condition, patients may notice symptoms such as swollen gums, gums that bleed easily, gum discomfort, and bad breath.
If gingivitis is not treated, the condition progresses to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a much more serious condition. In addition to the tenderness and inflammation of the gums, pockets of bacteria develop beneath the gum line, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth. Eventually, the teeth become loose, and either fall out or require extraction.
Fortunately, gingivitis is fairly easy to treat. In fact, in many cases, proper at-home care can improve the health of the gums. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and use anti-bacterial mouthwash. After a few days of good oral care, you should notice that the swelling, discomfort, and bad breath subside.
Treatment for periodontitis is more aggressive than gingivitis treatment. In addition to exercising proper at-home care to improve the health of the gums and prevent gum disease from returning, patients will need to come into our office for additional treatment, such as:
To find out if you suffer from gum disease, contact the Smile Center today.