Collins Road Family Dental Bristol CT

What Is Gum Disease and Why Is It a Serious Oral Health Concern?

Gum disease(periodontitis) is inflammation of the gums and a decrease in the bone levels that surround your teeth. It begins with the formation of plaque around your teeth. The plaque will eventually harden to form deposits known as tartar or calculus. The tartar then causes an inflammatory response that will lead to swelling, bleeding, recession, and bone loss around your teeth.

If left untreated, gum disease will causeyou to lose all of your teeth. This is why regular dental cleanings and proper oral hygiene are required to minimize your chances of having periodontitis.

A few signs that are associated with gum disease include:

* Bleeding occurs when you brush or floss

* Swollen, red gums

* Consistently having bad breath

* Receding gums

* Teeth that are loose or are shifting

* Pain or discomfort on the teeth when chewing

If you notice any of these symptoms, we strongly recommend seeing a dentist to assess the severity of the issue and determine possible treatment options.

Gum Disease Treatment That Can Save Your Teeth and Overall Health

We provide a wide assortment of treatment options for gum disease which include:

Scaling and root planning: This process involves cleaning the deeper gum pockets that surround your teeth to get rid of the inflammation.

Antibiotic treatment: Antibiotics can be used to help treat periodontal disease.

Surgery: Surgical intervention may also be needed to eliminate damaged periodontal tissue to restore your overall dental health.

At Collins Road Family Dental, we take pride in offering personalized periodontal treatments that focus on comfort, ease of use, and long-term dental well-being.

Preventing Gum Disease: Tips and Tricks

Make sure you brush your teeth 2x/day foratleast two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste

Floss two times per day to help clean the gum pockets between your teeth

Quitting smoking

If you have Diabetes, make sure that your HbA1c is<7.0 (well controlled blood sugar)

Schedule regular dental cleanings and examstohelp detect gum disease in the earlier stages.To learn more about the treatments we offer and how we can assist in maintaining your oral health please give us a call today at 860-589-4577!

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