Everybody’s gums should receive some professional attention and gentle care. Around 75% of American adults are suffering from gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Many patients don’t realize they have gum disease until severe damage is already done.
Gum disease causes oral bleeding, tender gums, bad breath, and tooth loss. The disease can also increase your risk for heart disease and pregnancy complications.
Dr. Schaefer is experienced in treating gum disease with effective non-surgical methods. You should visit our office regularly for exams in order to remain aware of your gum health.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria buildup. Poor oral hygiene habits, using tobacco products, crooked teeth, and systemic diseases can all contribute to your risk for gum disease.
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed easily while brushing or flossing
- Gums that are receding from the teeth
- Chronic bad breath or bad taste in mouth
- Loose or changing permanent teeth
- Change in bite or the way teeth fit together
- Tender, swollen, red gums
Give us a call if these symptoms look familiar to you. It is best to identify and treat gum disease before it progresses to periodontitis.
Treating Gum Disease at Schaefer Advanced Dentistry
Lifestyle Changes | Dr. Schaefer may recommend a change in your at-home oral care habits. He might advise you to try special mouth rinses, toothbrushes, or more frequent visits to our office.
Scaling and Root Planing | This deep cleaning process can be performed in our office to reduce the bacteria that causes gum disease. Scaling is an irrigation process that removes bacteria below the gums, and root planing involves smoothing out the rough spots on root surfaces to prevent future buildup.
Laser Gum Treatment | Our state-of-the-art soft tissue laser can eliminate gum disease by gently evaporating inflamed gum tissue and bacteria.
Antibiotic Therapy | In some cases, Dr. Schaefer may suggest oral or topical antibiotics to control gum disease.
We perform our gum disease treatments with a conservative approach, local anesthesia, and options for sedation dentistry. To learn more about managing your oral health, give us a quick call at Schaefer Advanced Dentistry!