Your dental health depends on healthy gums, but did you know that according to the American Academy of Periodontology that half of Americans over thirty have periodontal (gum) disease? Periodontal disease is a serious condition characterized by an infection in your gums.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Many people do not even realize that the symptoms they have are indicative of gum disease. Did you know that when your gums bleed during brushing or flossing it is your body’s way of asking you to pay attention? If you experience bleeding that persists for more than just a day or two, you should make an appointment for an exam to determine the cause.
Other common symptoms include pain, sensitivity, swelling, red or inflamed gums, a bad taste in your mouth, bad breath, tooth mobility, and receding gums.
In its early stages, periodontal disease can be reversible, so early treatment is extremely beneficial.
What Causes Gum Disease?
The most common cause of gum disease is preventable – neglect. Either poor home care or inadequate professional care allows bacteria to build up on your teeth and gums to create an infection. Periodontal disease can lead to pocketing between your teeth and gums, allowing even more bacteria to collect and reproduce.
Other causes for periodontal disease include hormonal changes, certain medications, dry mouth, a bad bite, overly crowded teeth, and genetics. With diligent home care and proper treatment, we can help you manage your condition, no matter the cause.
How Do You Treat Gum Disease?
Early stages of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, can often resolve with professional dental cleanings and improved home care habits. Once gum disease progresses, your treatment options could require specialized dental cleanings that remove bacteria, plaque, and infection from above and below your gum line so those deep pockets can heal.
Sometimes these specialized dental cleanings require more than one appointment, and we may recommend more frequent dental cleanings until your condition is completely under control.
At Tuttle Family Dentistry, our three hygienists are highly skilled and extremely gentle. They stay educated about the latest in dental technology so that we can provide our patients the best and most comfortable care available.
Laser Periodontal Treatment
Our hygienists use specially designed dental lasers that help remove infected tissue and promote healing. Lasers are more comfortable, have shorter healing time, and are highly effective in treating periodontal disease. Our hygienists have performed more than two hundred periodontal procedures using dental lasers.
Call for Your Next Appointment
When you come to our Colorado Springs dental office, our dentists, Dr. Brian Tuttle and Dr. Robert Colt will evaluate the health of your gums and recommend the appropriate treatment for you. We always treat our patients gently and without judgment, even if it’s been awhile since you have been to the dentist. Our goal is to support your health with outstanding dental care in a friendly and welcoming environment.