Your gums are the foundation of your oral health. Therefore, we take an attentive and proactive approach against gum disease at Atlantic Dental Partners. While we offer a number of general dentistry services to help patients avoid gum problems, our dentists are also exceptionally skilled when it comes to treating early and advanced stages of gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. When left unchecked, it can be a serious oral health condition that not only threatens your smile but puts your overall health at risk too. In fact, gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature birth. If you have gum disease, you can trust Atlantic Dental Partners to help you manage or reverse the condition before it produces such serious consequences.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease often begins with poor oral hygiene. It is an infection in the soft tissues that support your teeth. The infection is triggered when plaque is allowed to accumulate and harden along the gum line. When the gums become inflamed or irritated, they can start to pull away from the tooth roots and form deep pockets of gum tissue. This harbors further bacteria and can lead to the infection and destruction of the underlying bone. While early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) are easily treated with a deep cleaning or other conservative measures, more advanced gum disease (periodontitis) may require more aggressive treatments from your dentist. At Atlantic Dental Partners, we proudly use the most proven and effective gum disease therapies available, including those that involve dental lasers and other minimally invasive techniques.
Recognizing the symptoms of gum disease can help you know when to seek professional care. If you are suffering from the following signs of gum disease, please call our office today to set up an appointment:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums