Lakewood dentist answers, what is gum disease?

dentist answers, what is gum disease?

 

Dentists stress the importance of taking good care of the smile. There are several reasons for this, including the ability to maintain aesthetics, avoid tooth decay, and reduce the risk of developing gum disease.

Lakewood area dentist, Dr. Scott Stewart of South Lakewood Dental, describes gum disease as an infection in the mouth. It is referred to by dental professionals as periodontal disease. The condition can have severe, negative consequences to the health and beauty of the smile, which is why patients should take great care of their oral health to avoid the development and progression of gum disease.

Gum disease begins as gingivitis. This is the initial stage in which patients may notice redness and inflammation of the gum tissue. Patients may also experience bleeding when they brush or floss their teeth. Once this has developed, it is imperative that patients seek the assistance of a dental professional for treatment. At this point, gum disease is reversible. Patients undergo a deep cleaning by Dr. Scott Stewart during which all bacteria, plaque, and tartar are removed. The dentist may complete x-rays to check for any damage to the structures of the teeth and bones and to check for areas of decay that may require treatment. After this professional cleaning has been completed, patients are educated on how to maintain their healthy smile and continue to enjoy its benefits.

If patients leave the initial stage of gum disease untreated, they may begin to experience the effects of gum disease as it progresses. Gum tissue shrinks, slowly pulling away from the natural teeth. The bone of the jaw may disintegrate, weakening the strong hold on the teeth. This may result in loose teeth, which are surrounded by pockets, which may harbor bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Over time, the natural teeth may be lost and patients may have to deal with treating the condition and restoring the function and beauty of their smiles.

Patients who visit Dr. Scott Stewart of South Lakewood Dental are encouraged to speak with a professional about gum disease and the ways to keep it from forming and/or controlling it once it has developed. Our team is dedicated to assisting patients in achieving healthy smiles, and can help no matter where you are in your dental health care journey. Call our practice today to schedule a consultation visit and evaluation.

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