The health of your gums is an indicator of your overall health. Did you know gum disease is related to heart problems? While the exact association is still being studied, it’s safe to say that healthy gums have advantages that go beyond a great smile. At Precise Dental of Houston, we believe that preventive gum care is more effective than gum treatment. Daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups go a long way to ensure that your mouth stays healthy for life.
For people who already have gum disease, it’s not too late. Your Houston, TX dentist offers complete gum treatment in Houston, TX to restore diseased gums to excellent health.
A lot of times when we have new patients that come in, especially patients who have not been to see a dentist in x number of years, they will have some degree of gum disease. The gum disease, or periodontal disease as we call it, can sound very scary for a patient but actually the treatment for it is very, very simple. A lot of times the patients are afraid of the treatment because they don’t really understand it. It’s in essence, a cleaning below the gumline to remove any bacteria and to remove any hard build up or helping hide the bacteria that are causing the damage.
Gum treatments are very simple in our office. The hygienist is very, very gentle and aside from that, most of the time the traditional way to do the deeper cleaning was to give the patient anesthetic injections. We actually use a very high powered gel, it’s a topical gel that goes along the gumline, it’s not an injection. It numbs very well, it leaves the patient very comfortable, and the hygienist is able to do her job and the patient is happy because they didn’t have to get an injection of anesthetic. It also promotes them wanting to come back so it’s a win win situation because the patients are coming in on time, we’re helping them keep their gums healthy and they’re getting the benefit of great oral health and they’re not having all these issues develop, so it’s a good thing.
Gingivitis is the early form of gum or periodontal disease. Gum disease is often caused by poor oral hygiene, resulting in the build-up of plaque near and around the gum line. Plaque is a complex ecosystem of food debris, bacteria and other substances. Too much plaque irritates the gums and may cause bleeding when brushing and flossing. You may also notice persistent bad breath and red, swollen gums.
Sometimes, gingivitis shows no symptoms until it has progressed to advanced gum disease. At this stage, the gums start to separate from the tooth, forming pockets that hide more bacteria. Your teeth may become loose and wiggle. Severe periodontitis can destroy underlying bone, causing the tooth to fall out.
The good news is that gingivitis is easily reversed by proper oral hygiene and professional cleaning. Advanced gum disease, however, needs further treatment. Dr. Crouse may recommend deep cleaning, regular checkups and specific cleaning regimes to reduce pockets and eliminate bacteria above and below the gum line. If the gum tissue fails to reattach after deep cleaning, additional treatment like pocket reduction surgery may be considered.
Schedule an appointment today with your dentist in Houston, TX to learn more about gum treatment in Houston, TX.