Healthy gums are essential for maintaining a healthy, functional, and disease-free smile. Our gums are the foundation of our mouth; they hold our teeth in place, which allows them to perform their essential duties of chewing, speaking, biting, and more.
Without healthy gums, our teeth can become loose, damaged, or infected. Fortunately, Dr. Lyle Parks and our team at Parks Family Dental offer comprehensive preventive dentistry, including periodontal care for patients of all ages.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Did you know that more people lose their teeth to periodontal (gum) disease than they do to tooth decay? Gum disease can be a dangerous condition that affects your mouth’s soft tissues and lead to several different types of harmful health conditions.
Periodontal disease is a serious inflammatory condition that can infect the gums and other structures that support your teeth. However, this condition is preventable and can even be managed with an excellent oral hygiene routine and regular dental check-ups. Dr. Parks and our team can treat your gum disease and help you reclaim your oral health.
Health risks for untreated gum disease include:
- Heart conditions
- Lung complications
- Low infant birth weight
- Diabetes complications
Gum disease has even been linked to certain types of dementia and rheumatoid arthritis.
Common Gum Disease Symptoms
Everyone’s experience with gum disease may differ, but here are some of the most common signs and symptoms:
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Tooth loss
- Swelling and bleeding gums
The Importance of Gum Health
Because the gums provide the necessary support and structure for our teeth, we take periodontal care seriously. Your gum health is directly connected to the health of your entire body. With a simple oral examination, we can assess the condition of your gums, screen for oral cancer, and provide deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.
Periodontal Disease Prevention
You can prevent periodontal disease by gently and thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Brushing and flossing clean away debris and plaque, and flossing also massages the gums, which stimulates them and increases the blood flow to those tissues.
Seeing your dentist regularly for examinations and teeth cleanings are essential. Your dentist will monitor your oral health and provide professional cleanings using specialty techniques to remove plaque.
Effective Periodontal Treatment in Mauldin, SC
At Parks Family Dental, we provide patients with extensive and gentle periodontal care. We provide specialized cleanings at our dental office so we can clean below the gumline. Another treatment we use, called root planing and scaling, promotes healing and helps your gums adhere to your teeth better. This ensures your teeth do not loosen, shift, or fall out.
Depending on your individual situation, your dentist may suggest a specific at-home routine to prevent or manage any gum inflammation. Some suggestions include brushing, flossing, and rinsing with specialty products to help relieve symptoms.
Contact us today for gentle and effective periodontal treatment at our Mauldin dental office.