Think of your smile like a beautiful piece of architecture. You may have pretty teeth, but without the foundation of healthy gums, your oral health will eventually crumble. Keep your foundation strong by brushing and flossing and seeing your Cedar Park dentist regularly, and keeping an eye out for signs of gum disease at home.
Did you know that gum disease affects over half of the American adult population, and is the #1 cause of tooth loss? Did you know that left untreated, gum disease can significantly increase your risk for serious, even deadly systemic disease including:
Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue that is largely caused by poor oral hygiene. Plaque build-up along the gum line hardens into tartar, which irritates the gums to the point where they begin to pull away from the teeth or recede. Gum recession causes deep pockets to form between the teeth and the gums, leaving room the infection to progress. Eventually, the gums detach from the teeth entirely and the teeth fall out. The infection has a direct pathway to enter the bloodstream and cause serious systemic health problems.
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs and symptoms, you should come see us at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry right away. The first thing we will recommend is a better oral homecare routine, including regular brushing and flossing. We may prescribe some specialty products and/or antibiotics to help combat the infection. We will give you a deep periodontal cleaning to help minimize the infection, and may use a technique called scaling and root planing to clean between the gums and teeth. We will have you come back more frequently for cleanings until we get your gum disease under control.
If you’ve already experienced gum recession, we may recommend a gum recession treatment to reattach the gums in a better position in order to save your teeth. Gum recession treatment involves a small tissue graft to replace lost tissue (usually taken from the roof of the mouth), and is both a restorative, as well as a cosmetic treatment to reverse gum recession.
If you’re ready to take control of your oral health and fight back against gum disease, you’ve come to the right place. Contact your Cedar Park dentist, Dr. Max Kerr, Dr. Brandon Hedgecock, or Dr. Supriya Patel at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry today by calling (512) 253-8840 or schedule an appointment online!