When you think about your oral health, you may think about your teeth first. Your gums, however, are also an essential component of your smile’s health. If your gums become diseased or infected, it may have a serious impact on your oral and overall health. The most common condition to affect the gums is periodontal disease, or gum disease. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in plaque; when plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) build up on the teeth, the bacteria irritate and inflame the gum tissues. This may eventually lead to a serious infection that can result in tooth loss and bone loss. Our dentists provide periodontal therapy at Smiles Dental to avoid these serious consequences.
Gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease, is characterized by gums that are swollen, reddened, tender, and bleed easily. If the condition is not properly treated and halted, it may progress into the more advanced phase, known as periodontitis. In this stage, you may notice loose teeth, receding gums (making your teeth appear longer than usual), persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, and painful chewing.
Based on your unique dental needs, Dr. Wilkinson, Dr. Mistry, and Dr. Jardine may recommend improved at-home dental hygiene, antibiotic treatment, additional professional cleanings, or deep cleanings called scaling and root planing. To learn more about how we treat gum disease in Camas, Washington, please feel free to contact our office today.