The gums play an integral role in supporting the teeth. Also called periodontal tissue, the gums are susceptible to disease just like other tissues in the body. Gum disease is a very common condition throughout the United States and research has shown that some form of periodontal disease will affect up to 80% of the population at least once in their lifetimes. Dr. Amer and our team of hygienists provide treatment for various stages of gum disease.
An Overview of Gum Disease
Gum disease is marked by the infection of gum tissue caused by irritants like plaque and tartar buildup. In its earliest stages, gum disease may not produce noticeable symptoms but if the condition progresses it can destroy oral health. In fact, advanced periodontal disease is the leading cause behind tooth loss in adulthood. This is because infected and inflamed gums pull away or “recede” from the teeth and ultimately separates the natural supportive bond between teeth and gums. As tartar builds up below the gums and along the roots of teeth, the teeth become diseased and loose. Advanced gum disease is also capable of destroying bone mass.
Gum Disease Treatment for the Entire Family
Dr. Amer and our team strive to detect signs of gum disease as early as possible. For early detection, patients should schedule routine exams and cleanings every six months. During exams and cleanings, our team will measure the size of periodontal pockets between teeth while also evaluating the health of the gum tissue. If gum disease is detected in its earliest stages, patients can manage their condition with thorough home-care that includes daily flossing and brushing along with committing to regular dental cleanings.
More advanced cases of gum disease require deeper prophylaxis (cleanings) that address tartar accumulation below the gums and along the roots of teeth. During these cleanings, our team will gently access the deeper areas of gum tissue to remove the infection and irritants affecting the gums. This procedure can stop gum disease from progressing if patients commit to proper oral hygiene, healthy eating habits, and regular visits to our practice.
When managing any form of gum disease, our team takes a patient’s entire health into consideration. Some conditions including diabetes and certain common medications can affect gum health. We welcome patients to discuss their overall health during their visit so that we can provide the best service possible.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Amer, contact our practice at your convenience.