About 70 percent of loss of permanent teeth is the result of gum disease. The condition affects nearly half of American adults, and children can develop it, too. Do you want to keep your own teeth for life? Then it is important to take steps now to prevent gum disease or get it under control and manage it with effective treatment. Dr. Justin Cress in Twin Falls can help.
Plaque is a clear biofilm that sticks to teeth. It traps starches and sugars from foods you eat, creating an ideal environment where harmful oral bacteria thrive. These pathogens produce acids that irritate delicate gum tissue. Meanwhile, if not removed with conscientious brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into tartar at the gumline, which causes more irritation. Gums look puffy and discolored and may feel tender.
Without treatment, gingivitis advances to periodontitis. Gums pull away from teeth, forming pockets around roots which allow bacteria to infiltrate more deeply. At this stage, periodontal disease deteriorates connective tissue and bone that hold teeth in place. Oral bacteria may also enter the bloodstream, linked to grave health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, and dementia.
There is no true gingivitis cure. Each person’s unique physiology and genetics determine which stains of oral bacteria are likely to propagate in the mouth. However, with professional deep cleanings, good daily home hygiene, and nutritious eating, a healthy balance can be maintained.
The dentist may suggest scaling and root planing as an adjunct to regular cleaning, or more frequently. This procedure removes buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria from root surfaces below the gum line. Pockets can be treated with topical antibiotics to knock down bacterial population. In some cases, disease gum tissue is also removed. This receding gums treatment encourages soft tissue to re-establish a tight seal. Dr. Hughes, Dr. Cress, and their hygiene team in Twin Falls help patients throughout the Jerome, Hailey, Kimberly, and Buhl area enjoy naturally healthy smiles. Call (208) 544-4848 to get your gum disease treatment started.