What Is Gum Disease?

gum disease and periodontal disease in Cincinnati and Montgomery OH

When considering oral health, most people only think about their teeth. However, your gums also greatly contribute to the overall health of your mouth. Gums are what hold your teeth into place. They are made of sensitive soft tissues. Unfortunately, just like teeth, gums can also be prone to infection.

One such serious infection is gum disease, also known as “periodontal disease.” Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth to create plaque. When plaque hardens and calcifies, it becomes tartar. Tartar sticks to your teeth, gradually weakening them and making them more susceptible to cavities and infection. If the infection reaches your gums, it can become gum disease.

Some people are more inclined to develop gum disease; it has been linked to smoking, genetics, medications, hormonal changes, and other illnesses. Gum disease has also been known to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes.

There are two forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from either stage of gum disease:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Sensitive or loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath

If you think you may have gum disease, we can help at our Cincinnati dental office. We also accommodate patients from Blue Ash and Montgomery. At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we use advanced technology to treat and prevent gum disease. Our treatment options are non-surgical and mostly non-invasive! We can provide any of the following services:

Scaling and Root Planing | Scaling and root planning is a form of deep teeth cleaning that is usually performed while the patient is under a local anesthetic. Scaling involves scraping off tartar above and below the gum line. Root planing is when rough spots along the tooth root are strategically smoothed out to prevent further bacteria growth. Scaling and root planning can effectively treat most cases of gum disease.

Antibiotic Treatment | Antibiotics can help eliminate the bacteria that is associated with gum disease. Antibiotics are often used in combination with other treatments.

Chlorhexidine | Chlorhexidine is an antimicrobial used to combat plaque and gingivitis.

Mild to Moderate Tissue Maintenance | We care about our patients and want them to receive the utmost medical attention. If your periodontal disease requires more serious intervention, we can refer you to a terrific specialist that will take care of all your gum disease needs.

Gum disease is considered the number one cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. Proper treatment will help prevent bone loss. Gum disease treatment will also improve your overall health by reducing the risk of bacteria entering your bloodstream.

Gum disease should not be taken lightly. If you’re in the Cincinnati, Blue Ash, or Montgomery areas, trust our talented team at Endres Gateway Dentistry to help you restore your gums to optimal health. You shouldn’t have to deal with the pain, discomfort, and potential risks of gum disease. Schedule your appointment today!

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