Gum disease affects countless individuals worldwide. If left unchecked, gum disease can lead to severe dental issues such as receding gums and tooth loss. Foley and Ramsey Dental Group offers treatment options designed to proactively treat symptoms of gum disease and prevent recurrent infection. Coon Rapids dentist Dr. Richard Battaglia works with patients to alleviate their dental issues and reach optimum oral health.
What is Gum Disease?
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease occurs when the plaque on teeth hardens into tartar, thus irritating the gums and causing them to recede. While the first stage of gum disease, also called gingivitis, can be easily treated, the condition can quickly escalate into much a more harmful state called advanced periodontitis.
During these later stages, gum recession creates spaces between the teeth and soft tissue. These pockets become the perfect hiding spot for harmful pathogens to develop and eventually spread further below the gums to the bone and connective tissue.
If left untreated, patients become more susceptible to tooth loss as well as secondary health consequences, such as heart disease or Alzheimer’s disease.
What causes Gum Disease?
Bacteria accumulates on teeth to form a sticky film called biofilm or plaque. When plaque isn’t cleaned within 24 hours, it begins to harden into a calcium, otherwise known as tartar. This tartar can damage gums, leaving them susceptible to harmful pathogens entering the bloodstream. Periodontal disease occurs when tartar causes inflammation, resulting in red, swollen gums that can easily bleed and begin to recede.
Signs of gum disease may include:
- Swollen, Red Gums
- Bleeding while Brushing or Flossing
- Receding Gums
- Halitosis, or Consistent Bad Breath
Patients experiencing these symptoms can come to Foley and Ramsey Dental Group to receive a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of the condition of their teeth.
Periodontal therapy, also known as scaling and root planing or deep cleaning, removes tartar, plaque, and bacteria deep within the pockets between gums and teeth to allow the natural healing process to begin.
At Foley and Ramsey Dental, we alleviate discomfort by conducting gentle service and administering antibiotics to reduce swelling and prevent infection.
While periodontal disease is a serious dental condition, preventive care at home and proactive treatment are available to restore your dental health.
For more information about periodontal disease or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Battaglia to receive scaling and root planing, call us or visit Foley and Ramsey Dental Group in Coon Rapids.