The gums are an important part of your oral health. Your gums both structurally support your teeth and protect the root structure. When gums become infected with gum disease they are unable to properly do their job. Keeping your gums clean and healthy through regular oral hygiene and twice-yearly dental exams may help you avoid the development of gum disease. Frederick, MD dentist Dr. Nils Olson offers periodontal therapy for patients experiencing periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and teeth. Gum disease develops from bacteria that feeds off the plaque buildup that is left on teeth. If plaque is not cleaned away daily, bacteria will begin to form and thrive. The bacterial infection can create deep pockets in the gum and eventually can spread to the bloodstream. If you notice frequent bleeding, swelling or redness of the gums, or a change in the fit of an oral appliance, you may have some stage of gum disease.
The Effects of Gum Disease
Gum disease can damage the teeth, jaw bone integrity, and cause gumline recession. Gum disease is a progressive condition that may also contribute to serious systemic health concerns such as cardiovascular disease. Left untreated gum disease frequently leads to tooth loss triggering a domino effect of health issues.
Treating Gum Disease
The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it. Diligent oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings help many patients manage gum disease. While many patients avoid visits the dentist, periodontal disease should give you a reason to go. If caught early by Dr. Olson conservative treatments such as a deep cleaning or scaling or root planing may be able to be used to eradicate the infection. If gum disease is left to progress, Dr. Olson may refer you to specialists for gum surgery.
Schedule A Consultation
If it is time for your next dental check up contact our Frederick, MD dentist office or schedule a consultation online. Dr. Olson is a highly trained and experienced dentist offering a wide range of dental services. Our comfortable and welcoming office will put you at ease while you refresh and restore your the health of your teeth and gums.