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Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Signs, Treatment, and Prevention

Gum Disease Treatment in Laredo, TX

Dr. Matt Davenport on Gum Disease Read Transcript

At Davenport Dental Group, we are dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy smiles by fighting things like gum disease. If you are noticing signs of this common affliction, please do not wait to get help. Our team is here to offer you the treatment options you need to eliminate infection and restore your oral health. Do not wait until it is too late.

Below, you will find a summary of the most important things you need to know about gum disease: the basic definition, symptoms, treatment options, and preventative measures. If you have any additional questions or need to schedule an exam, please give us a call. We will be happy to help you.

Gum Disease 101

Gum disease is a common condition characterized by inflammation and infection of the gum tissue. This infection is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Most of the time, this buildup can be attributed to poor dental hygiene, but oftentimes, it is agitated by other conditions such as teeth misalignment, diabetes, certain medications, genetics, and more. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to a myriad of problems, including dental discomfort, jawbone deterioration, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss.

Symptoms and Signs

Signs to watch for include:

  • Red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Shifting teeth
  • Receding gums

If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our team as soon as possible to seek treatment.

Gum Disease Treatment

One of the best ways to prevent the negative consequences associated with gum disease is to seek help as soon as you notice there is a problem. By seeking treatment immediately, we can work to prevent bone deterioration and tooth loss. To treat gum disease, there are two different things we can do:

Routine Cleaning – If you are only in the early stages of gum disease, a routine cleaning procedure may be all that is required to eliminate the disease-causing bacteria and return your mouth to a state of cleanliness and health. We recommend scheduling regular visits to our office to catch gum disease in its earliest stages.

Deep Cleaning – If the gum disease is any more advanced, we will recommend deep cleaning procedures known as scaling and root planing. These procedures are designed to remove the bacteria and buildup from underneath your gums – areas of your mouth a routine cleaning cannot reach. This procedure is simple and painless and is typically effective for most mild or moderate cases of gum disease.

If you are suffering from severe gum disease, we may refer you to periodontist. A surgical specialist will be able to help you get the advanced care you need.

Gum Disease Prevention

To prevent gum disease, please follow these steps:

  1. Brush and floss as directed.
  2. Maintain a healthy diet.
  3. Maintain regular dental appointments (every six months).

Make An Appointment

Schedule an appointment  for gum disease treatment  by calling our Junction Drive location at 956-242-6745 or our Winfield location at 956-517-2695 . You can also send us a message using our online contact form. We will be happy to help you eliminate your infection and get you back to your normal life.

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