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Gum Disease

Lake Dental Clinic Provides Gum Disease Treatment in Camdenton, MO

At Lake Dental Clinic, in an effort to provide optimal oral health, it is important to address disease throughout the mouth. Gum disease is often a silent disease that affects the majority of people at some point in their life. It is often known as the ‘silent disease’ as many people are now aware they have it. Because it is a progressive disease, early detection, treatment and maintenance are vital in protecting your teeth and overall health. Our Lake area dentists in Camdenton employ highly skilled hygienists who are experienced in both identifying the problem and eradicating the disease and infection. 

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease or periodontal disease is the result of accumulated plaque, and tartar. When left alone, bacteria will progress under the gum line creating pockets of space (called “sulci”) between the teeth and the gums. Here, debris collects which feeds the bacteria to encourage growth and increase chances of infection. Without a professional cleaning, the disease will continue down the roots of the tooth and into the bone. 

The Three Stages of Gum DiseaseFighting Gum Disease in Camdenton

  • Gingivitis - The least severe phase and only fully recoverable form of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis is characterized by moderate sensitivity, soreness and bleeding of the gums.
  • Periodontitis - When the sulci have receded to a point where roots and bone loss are in jeopardy, then the gum disease is said to have progressed to periodontitis. 
  • Advanced Periodontitis - The most advanced, severe stage of gum disease. Persons suffering from advanced periodontitis may notice wider spaces between teeth (the result of bone loss).
    As the disease progresses, the teeth will loosen and are in danger of falling out due to the excessive deterioration of the gums. 

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

The early symptoms of gum disease include soreness, redness, bleeding when brushing and flossing and inflammation. Persistent bad breath, recession of the gum line and visible pus around the teeth and gums are also indicative of gum disease that has progressed into the soft tissue.

The consequences of advanced gum disease are potentially direr than one might expect. Progressive deterioration of the gum line can put your teeth in jeopardy as well as the underlying bone structure. Research has also shown a link between gum disease and heart disease. When the health of the gums is compromised it provides opportunity for bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream. Bacteria in the bloodstream then causes inflammation throughout the body, which can damage blood vessels in and around the heart. Other systemic diseases and disorders, such as diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure can be dangerously exacerbated by gum disease. 

Treatment for Gum Disease

Personal oral hygiene, a good diet and a regular visits with the dentist are your best line of defense against gum disease. When gum disease is diagnosed at the gingivitis stage, a rigorous cleaning regimen will often forestall any further progression. At Lake Dental Clinic our hygienists use gum scaling, root planning and pocket irrigation to clean the gums, and will apply antibiotic treatment when infection is present. When needed, we offer flap surgery to help correct the damage to the soft tissue pockets.

Schedule an Appointment with Us

The best way to combat gum disease at any stage is to be proactive. We schedule regular maintenance cleanings, three to four per year, to prevent the resurgence of gum disease. Contact our Camdenton dental office and schedule an appointment to fight gum disease and protect your oral and physical health.

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