Healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth for a confident smile. The gums perform a vital function as they surround and support your pearly whites. And unfortunately, periodontal disease is one of the biggest factors in tooth loss for adults. This is scary because gum disease itself can be painless, so unless you are maintaining routine dental visits, you may not even be aware that you have it, and because it is degenerative, it will only get worse if it is not treated.
The main culprit behind gum disease is plaque–a sticky, bacterial film that forms every day on your teeth. The good news is that you can remove it through diligent daily brushing and flossing to keep it from hardening into tartar. Once plaque hardens, you will need to have it professionally removed by Dr. Miles Mason.
Fortunately, early treatment can stop gum disease in its tracks and even reverse it. In the early stage, signs that you might have gingivitis include red, swollen or bleeding gums. Treatment at this stage includes stepping up your oral hygiene routine–brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once, followed by a professional dental cleaning.
Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, leads to the loss of gum tissue and bone which support the teeth. If periodontitis is not treated you may lose teeth. At this stage, depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Miles Mason may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.
If you are concerned about your gums, please call (936) 756-1669 today. At Montgomery County Periodontal Associates in Conroe, Texas, Dr. Miles Mason and our team are ready to help you achieve optimal oral health along with a beautiful smile!