When you are brushing your teeth in the evening, there are some things you don’t want to happen. You definitely don’t want your gums to bleed.
This is a symptom of a periodontal infection or the early stages of gum disease.
If this is happening to you, do not wait to seek help. Make plans to visit Atlanta West Dentistry in Marietta, GA. We offer advanced gum disease treatments to get your smile and your mouth back in shape.
Call 770-744-4619 to schedule an appointment with us … before your gum infection costs you your smile.
Understand The Risk
Unfortunately, many people neglect their gums when they do their daily oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily and flossing every day. Yet, surveys show that few than half of Americans actually floss daily, and 1 in 5 people report that they never clean between their teeth and gums.
This could explain why the Centers for Disease Control that nearly half of all Americans 30 years and older have some form of periodontitis, which is considered an advanced form of gum disease.
You may not realize that this can put your whole smile at risk. In the U.S., periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.
Once you lose a tooth, more consequences can follow. You are likely to lose bone mass in your jaw (which can lead to more tooth loss). If you don’t replace your missing tooth, your other teeth may drift, which can change the appearance of your smile and affect how well you can bite and chew.
As with many problems, you will get better results if you deal with periodontal disease as early as you can. If you come to us for regular dental cleanings and exams, we have a better opportunity to identify gum infections before they require more extensive treatment.
Scaling and root planing is often the first step in treating gum problems. This two-part procedure can do a lot to get your gums back in shape. Scaling is how we remove tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. When treating gum disease, we get below the gumline to remove this buildup from the roots of your teeth. Root planing is a process to smooth the surface of your roots. This makes it harder for harmful bacteria to bond to your teeth. It also makes it easier for your gums to reattach to your teeth.
To remove infected gum tissue, we use our DEKA CO2 dental laser. This tool lets us remove unhealthy tissue without a scalpel. The laser vaporizes bad tissue. This reduces bleeding and seals the healthy tissue that’s left behind. That makes for faster recovery when compared to gum surgery.
To keep you pain-free during your treatment, we use The Wand® to administer local anesthetic. You also have the option for sedation dentistry to ensure you don’t feel a thing during your gum disease treatment.
Don’t Surrender Your Smile
Gum disease is a common problem, but it’s one that we can and do treat regularly at Atlanta West Dentistry. Save your smile by keeping your gums healthy. Visit our Marietta, GA dental office soon. Call 770-744-4619 or contact us online.