Periodontal Therapy in Lacey, WA
A healthy smile is not solely dependent on the condition of your teeth. There are some “behind the scenes” players who have a very important role to play in the smile you show the world. Namely your gums and the supporting bone structure underneath. Without these, your smile would literally collapse. Thus, the importance of healthy gums cannot be overstated. To ensure that your gums are in the best condition possible, Drs. Peterson and Cammack offer gum disease treatment for Lacey, WA, residents and the surrounding communities.
What is Gum Disease?
You’ve probably heard gingivitis mentioned in a commercial for toothpaste or mouth rinse. This is the first stage of the bacterial infection that is gum, or periodontal, disease. The disease begins with plaque buildup. This is where bacteria hides and excretes the toxins that begin to break down gum and bone tissue. The second stage is called periodontitis. Each stage is recognized by a different set of symptoms.
- Gums that are red instead of pink
- Swollen and tender gums
- Gums that bleed when your brush, floss or eat hard foods
- Bad breath
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Pus in between your teeth
- Changes in your bite or the way teeth come together
- Loose teeth
If not treated, periodontitis can ultimately necessitate tooth extraction.
Some people are at greater risk for developing periodontal disease. For example, smokers are much more likely to have gum disease than non-smokers. And smoking makes treating gum disease more difficult. Other risk factors include hormonal changes in women, immunosuppressive illnesses, and certain medications that reduce saliva production, diabetes and genetics.
Your Lacey Dentist Treats Periodontal Disease
If caught early at one of your regular checkups with Dr. Peterson or Dr. Cammack, then gum disease may be reversible with renewed oral healthcare at home. In addition to effective brushing with a soft toothbrush, flossing is particularly important. This removes plaque from along the gum line and below. At first, you may notice that your gums bleed. Don’t let this stop you. Your gums will become stronger after a few days and the benefits of flossing will begin to show.
If the disease has gone undetected for some time, then in-office treatment may be necessary. We offer scaling and root planing. Scaling removes plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from the visible surface of your teeth as well as from below the gum line. Planing smoothes the root surfaces making it less likely for plaque to cling. A topical antibiotic may also be applied to kill the infection.
If you’re noticing any of the symptoms of periodontal disease mentioned above, then please don’t delay. Schedule an appointment. Dr. Peterson and Dr. Cammackare fully committed to providing patients of all ages with an oral healthcare home that promotes comfort, convenience, and quality.