Keeping your teeth free of cavities is only one part of good oral health. Making sure your gums are healthy is just as important. In fact, gum health is a serious concern in this country. Gum disease affects thousands of people of all ages. Without healthy gums maintained by proper gum and mouth care, you could lose your teeth. And gum disease has been shown to be linked with other more serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. At Live Oak Family Dental Care, we understand how important periodontal care is for our patients, which is why we are pleased to offer these services to our patients from throughout the Leander, Texas.
Do You Need Periodontal Care?
Fortunately, gum disease can be effectively treated and completely alleviated if caught in the early stages. There are several symptoms patients experience that can be indications of unhealthy gums. If your gums bleed easily, are swollen or tender, or if your gums are receding, you could have or be in danger of developing gum disease. Your dentist can easily diagnose periodontal conditions during your regular oral exam. Your hygienist may also measure the depth of the gum pockets that form around your teeth; the deeper the pockets, the unhealthier the gum tissue. If you have gum disease, you should know that it might not be your fault. Although it’s true that poor gum and mouth care habits are often a contributing factor, other situations may put you at a higher risk for developing gum disease. People with diabetes, for example, are more prone to developing gum disease. Certain medications may also put you at higher risk. If you believe you might be experiencing early signs, talk to your dentist.
Periodontal Treatment Options
Dr. Argandona may recommend a variety of treatment options, depending on how advanced the condition is. For many patients who find themselves in the early stages of gum disease, a simple deep cleaning followed up by consistent home periodontal care may be enough to treat the condition and help develop healthy gums. If it’s more advanced, your dentist may recommend medication or oral surgery. Whatever treatment is called for, it’s important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home—one that includes brushing and flossing every day, special toothbrushes and water appliances specifically designed for gum health, and/or use of an anti-gingivitis mouthwash are all helpful.