Gum disease and it’s early stage, gingivitis, are the most common dental problems. If you are worried that you may have gingivitis or gum disease, Carlsbad Dental Care can help! We can help reverse the effects of gum disease, whether your symptoms are minor or severe.
Gum disease is generally caused by not having good brushing and flossing habits. As plaque builds up on your teeth, it can harden into tartar, especially at and below your gum line. When this happens, the bacteria present in plaque will spread and irritate your gums.
Once your gums become irritated due to plaque bacteria, problems will begin to compound and infection can occur.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. At this point, you are probably noticing some swelling in your gums along with tenderness, bleeding when brushing, and possible gum recession. Gum tenderness can also be present, however many patients don’t have any symptoms at all.
At this early stage, the damage caused by gingivitis can be completely reversed, usually very easily. The key is to develop good brushing and flossing habits and to be sure to keep your teeth clean. A professional cleaning is strongly recommended because you’ll have a fresh, clean mouth as a starting place!
Left unchecked, gingivitis can develop into full blown gum disease. That doesn’t mean the damage can’t be reversed, though it is more difficult and involved. The symptoms of gum disease are much like gingivitis, but more severe – you may bleed easier, and there is also the possibility that you will develop deep pockets between your teeth and gums. Your teeth may also start to loosen as your gums lend less support.
Treating Gum Disease
Treatment for gum disease involves the removal of plaque and tartar deposits. It sometimes requires surgery to reshape the gums. At Carlsbad Dental Care, we are able to offer advanced laser treatment to clean and protect your gums in the most efficient way possible!
Laser treatment for gum disease involves using a high intensity beam to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar, as well as sterilizing the area to kill bacteria. As opposed to traditional treatments for gum disease, laser therapy has the added advantage of not causing swelling or bleeding due to the fact that there is no cutting of the gums! Infections are also prevented because the laser is able to thoroughly clean the area.
We can also perform traditional scaling and root planing depending on the severity of your gum disease. This treatment involves the use of several specially designed tools that go between your teeth and gums to remove plaque and tartar. We are able to perform traditional gum surgery as well.
If you think that you may have gum disease or gingivitis, don’t wait to be treated! Call us today at 760-203-5667, or make an appointment using the contact form at the bottom of each page. We look forward to helping you get a healthy smile back!
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