Gum disease or periodontal disease is a common problem that many people face throughout their lifetime. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that often progresses into a more serious dental problem. The disease affects the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. Because gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, DeSoto Dental recommends maintaining proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily combined with general dental care.

If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, our experienced team will develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Our goal is to make your experience both comfortable and personalized. The treatment plan for gum disease is based on how severe it is. If early signs of gingivitis are present, without damage to the bone structure, a cleaning may be all you need. For more advanced stages of gum disease, a special deep cleaning called "scaling and root planing" is needed. Scaling and root planing is a dental treatment that removes the plaque and tarter down to the base of the teeth, helping to prevent future dental problems. The surfaces of your teeth will be smoothed or planed to provide a path for healing. Additional medications may be needed to help with the pain and to reduce infection. For more information about treatment for gum disease, call the friendly team at DeSoto Dental today.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

The symptoms and causes of gum disease are different for everyone, but mostly the cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene that leads to tooth decay. Other causes include medical conditions, weak immune systems and tobacco use. In some cases, genetics, hormone changes due to pregnancy and stress can cause gum disease, making proper oral hygiene imperative.

Symptoms of gum disease are also different for everyone. Some people may experience one or more of the following;

  • Swollen gums
  • Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Bleeding gums after brushing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold liquids
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gum line
  • Abscesses

If you or a family is concerned about the effects of gum disease or fear they may have gingivitis, contact DeSoto Dental today to schedule a consultation.