Gum disease is a largely preventable condition, and your dentist in Fayetteville, AR offers the services patients need to lower their risks for this oral health condition.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease means you have inflammation and infections in the tissues and bones that support your teeth. This disease starts as gingivitis, which is a precursor. Your dentist can typically reverse gingivitis. However, gum disease requires ongoing treatment.
3 Complications of Gum Disease
Many people are aware that gum disease, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss, but it has also been linked to systemic health issues that you may not have considered.
- Heart Health Issues – gum disease has been linked to heart disease.
- Low Birth Weight – gum disease in mothers may contribute to low birth weight in babies.
- Alzheimer’s Disease – gum disease has been linked to Alzheimer's disease.
Lowering Your Risks and Looking for the Signs
Regular dental visits and teeth cleanings have been shown to lower your risks for gum disease—along with brushing and flossing at least twice per day. Quitting tobacco is also recommended.
The signs of gum disease include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bad breath
- Gum blister
- Gum pain/swelling
- Bleeding gums
How We Treat Gum Disease in Fayetteville, AR
Your Fayetteville dentist relies on skill and technology to help restore your gums to better health. We also customize your therapy to address your specific level of gum disease.
Treatments may include deep cleaning below the gumline, planing and scaling to remove infection and help gums better adhere to teeth, topical antibiotics, and recommendations for at-home care.
We also make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable during gum disease treatment.
Contact Our Dental Office Today
If you have oral health changes, or if it’s time for your next dental exam and teeth cleaning, reach out to a member of our helpful staff to schedule your next exam.