Many people who assume they have healthy smiles may actually be suffering from gum disease.
If you have ever experienced gums that are red, swollen, or bleeding, then you probably have had a form of periodontal disease. This can become a serious condition that leads to tooth loss. Furthermore, the state of a person’s periodontal health also can indicate the presence of other health issues, like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or diabetes.
The good news is that with proper oral health care most gum disease is reversible and preventable. Premier Smiles keeps gums healthy with meticulous dental hygiene services in the communities of Charlotte, Bryant, Wesley Heights, and Uptown.
Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease results when harmful bacteria cause inflammation in the gums. After bacteria consume sugars found in the mouth, they emit an acid that leads to gum disease and tooth decay. This problem is compounded after bacteria pool into a sticky substance called plaque and hardens into tartar
The body’s immune system tries to fight off plaque by widening blood vessels to deliver more blood to the infected area. The result is inflammation that causes bleeding, swollen, red, and tender gums, a condition called gingivitis.
Professional Cleanings for Prevention of Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gingivitis can be completely cured with a professional cleaning. Dental hygienists use scaling tools to remove tartar. Once it is removed from the teeth, the body’s immune response returns to normal, and the gums heal. However, if gingivitis is not treated, a more serious disease called periodontitis may develop.
Periodontitis is accelerated when tartar is not removed and deep pockets within the gums form. This loosens the teeth in their sockets and can lead to tooth loss.
Premier Smiles offers excellent periodontal care, making every effort to reverse the damage caused by periodontitis. Root planing smooths the tooth roots to eliminate problem areas so the gums can reattach, ensuring the security of the tooth. Sometimes more invasive surgical techniques are used to remove plaque and tartar and to prevent tooth loss.
Premier Smiles in Charlotte Secure Teeth with Healthy Gums
Give Premier Smiles a call for hygiene treatments that both reverse and prevent gum disease. Gums are the foundation to oral health, and Dr. Regina Henderson takes extreme care to ensure that gums are healthy so teeth remain securely anchored.
Premier Smiles serves people living in Charlotte, Bryant, Wesley Heights and Uptown with thorough and tooth-saving periodontal care.