Your gums are more than just part of your smile. They’re one of your body’s barriers against infection, and they help support and stabilize your teeth. It’s fair to say that you simply can’t have a healthy mouth if your gums aren’t healthy.
Healthy gums closely surround your teeth and prevent bacteria in the mouth from getting to the parts of your teeth below the gumline. But when the gums have problems, they’re not nearly as good at keeping out disease-causing bacteria. That can lead to a host of problems, including tooth loss and even illnesses in the body. Ongoing research continues to confirm that gum disease is linked to serious cardiovascular (heart) illnesses, lung problems, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, premature birth, and even various forms of cancer.
That alone should be reason enough to take great care of your gums, but gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss. It’s estimated that nearly half of U.S. adults have gum disease in one of its stages.
Should I Be Worried?
Here are the signs that your gums may be headed for trouble.
- Your gums are red, swollen, and/or tender to the touch
- Your gums bleed when you brush or floss
- You have persistent bad breath that nothing seems to help
- Your gums are pulling away (receding) from your teeth.
- One or more of your teeth feels loose
- You notice changes in the way your teeth come together while biting
If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t wait! Dr. Jim Gores, Dr. Lucy Gores, and Dr. Peggy Scott provide gentle and expert treatment for gum disease. The sooner you contact Lakeside Dental in Rochester, MN, the better chance you have of avoiding serious gum disease-related issues.
Gum Disease Treatment At Lakeside Dental
The treatment for gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is a procedure called scaling and root planing. This deep-cleaning gum disease treatment removes the bacteria that cause gum disease. We clean away plaque (a thin, sticky film) and tartar (a hardened form of plaque) both above and below your gumline.
You may know someone who has had gum disease treatment. That person may have said the dentist used metal instruments to scrape away plaque and tartar. That’s the traditional approach, but at Lakeside Dental we use a high-tech tool called an ultrasonic scaler.
We prefer the ultrasonic scaler because:
- It’s more effective than metal tools at removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from tiny nooks and crannies in your teeth
- An ultrasonic scaler is easier on your teeth than hand tools
- Ultrasonic gum disease treatment generally causes less discomfort
- Ultrasonic scalers are quicker than hand tools, meaning less time in the patient chair
Take Action Now To Avoid Serious Gum Problems!
Treating the early stages of gum disease is quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive. None of those things are true if you let gum disease move into its advanced stage. If you notice any of the gum disease symptoms listed above, call our Rochester, MN dental office today at 507-316-6444 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.