It may be surprising to hear, but nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 have some level of advanced periodontal disease. This issue only becomes more likely as you get older, which is noted by the fact that about 70 percent of seniors struggle with gum disease every day. Not only is gum disease the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, but it remains to be one of the most common chronic diseases around the world period. For these reasons and more, it’s important to stay on top of your gum health. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t treatments available to manage your gum disease symptoms right now. If you’re among the millions of people in America today struggling with gum disease in North Dallas, please give Dr. Lee at Sunny Smile Dental a call!
Gum disease can be difficult to recognize on your own, especially during the gingivitis stage where the gums only appear slightly redder than usual. They also tend to bleed easily when brushing or flossing and feel tender or sensitive to the touch. If these symptoms are present, you’re likely just beginning to develop gum disease. During the more advanced stages, the gums can begin to recede and pull away from teeth. The bone and tissue that support the gums can also start to break down, resulting in teeth becoming loose.
If you want to stay on top of your oral health and ensure you receive the treatment you need, the best thing you can do is give our office a call so Dr. Lee can perform an in-depth exam. The sooner she can perform treatment, the sooner we can prevent permanent damage to your smile.
During your routine cleanings, we make sure to remove plaque and tartar that might have been missed during your at-home care. Tartar is a calcified form of plaque that can only be safely removed by a dentist. When left unremoved for too long, it can irritate the gums and even develop underneath the gum line. To remove this plaque, our office must use specialized tools that safely and effectively break it down so the gums can start healing.
Scaling is done to remove plaque from all the areas that would not be accessible with at-home brushing and flossing alone. Root planing works to smooth out the tooth roots so they can begin to reattach to the gums. It also helps reduce the risk of gum disease coming back.
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