You take care to protect the health of your teeth to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, but what about your gums? The soft tissue is equally as important to maintain your dental health. They provide your teeth with support while covering their roots and their supporting structures. Unfortunately, they can become damaged. The biggest threat to their health involves a preventable infection known as gum disease, which affects roughly 50% of adults in the U.S. If it is not treated quickly, it can lead to tooth loss and increase your risk for general health complications, like heart disease. To restore the health of your gums, your dentist in Columbia, Dr. Brian Fann has the solutions you need with gum disease therapy.
How Does Gum Disease Develop?
Gum disease results when bacteria that is found in tartar accumulations cause the tissue to become infected. The early stages, known as gingivitis, cause the gums to become red and swollen. It is not unusual for them to bleed as well. At this point, the infection can quickly be treated without causing any long-term damage.
Unfortunately, most people ignore the early warning signs, allowing it to progress. Over time, deep pockets will develop in the tissue, trapping bacteria and tarter. As the infection advances, it will begin to destroy the supporting structures of the teeth. This can lead to tooth loss. In addition, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream, leading to a wide range of health complications, like heart disease and respiratory infections.
How Can I Treat Gum Disease?
To treat the infection, new advancements in dentistry make the process less painful and more effective. Among one of the treatments you will find in our office involves laser therapy. This uses a soft tissue laser to kill bacteria and removes damaged tissue. We also offer WaterLase, which uses a combination of water, air, and laser energy to provide a noninvasive approach to treat the infection.
Both are effective for treating the infection while encouraging the regeneration of the gum tissue. You benefit from precise and accurate results with less pain, fewer risks, and a shorter recovery time.
Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Gum disease is easily preventable with the right oral hygiene habits at home and with care from your dentist. In addition to brushing twice a day, it is best to floss your teeth every night before going to bed to remove plaque and bacteria from in between the teeth and around the gum line.
In addition to care at home, it is recommended that you have a cleaning and checkup twice a year. This will remove any buildup that has been left behind with brushing and flossing while also allowing Dr. Fann to spot the early warning signs of the infection to provide quick intervention to stop the spread it.
Get a Healthy Smile Today!
If you have gum disease, Dr. Fann offers the solutions you need to restore a healthy smile. Contact our office today to benefit from gum disease therapy.