Keep Your Gums Healthy and Free from Disease

Did you know that to have healthy, strong teeth, you need to have healthy gums as well? Your gums play an important role in the health of your entire mouth, and if you develop gum disease, you may experience tooth loss and severe decay.

Gum disease is also known as gingivitis (mild gum disease) and periodontitis (severe, destructive gum disease). When gum disease advances, the tissues surrounding your teeth are also affected and may begin to recede or pull away from your teeth. The infection and inflammation that develops in your mouth that can lead to complications, including tooth loss and bone loss.

We Identify Gum Disease

Gum disease is a condition that can go undiagnosed for a long period of time. One of the reasons behind this is because you may not show symptoms, or the symptoms you do show may not alarm you and warrant a trip to the dentist. By the time many patients realize they have gum disease, it has already done some damage.

Gingivitis is the lesser form of gum disease and can be treated quickly when it is caught in time. Gingivitis is common, especially in pregnant women or people who neglect to care for their teeth properly. Often, the disease can be rectified without any type of tooth removal, surgery, or medication.

Some of the signs of gingivitis include:
● Swollen and red gums
● Inflamed and sore gums
● Gums that bleed

Periodontitis is the advanced form of gum disease and happens when gingivitis is not caught in time. Periodontitis is a serious condition and can have lasting effects. When identified, periodontitis can be stopped with treatment.

Some of the signs of periodontitis include:
● Sensitive or bleeding gums
● Loose teeth
● Receding gums or gums that pull away from the teeth
● Pockets in the gums
● Tooth loss
● Bone loss

In addition to the oral problems periodontitis can cause, it’s also associated with heart disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, premature birth, certain cancers, and other systemic diseases.

We Care About Your Teeth

At Rick Miller, DDS, we care about your teeth and gums – and your overall health. We take our time to examine your mouth thoroughly to identify any signs of gum disease. If we notice any signs or concerns, we will address them with the appropriate treatment.

Once we have identified gum disease, we use a treatment procedure called LANAP laser surgery for gum reshaping. The laser surgery is a great alternative to traditional gum surgery and is less painful and invasive for patients. If you have questions about LANAP laser surgery, please feel free to give us a call today.