Your Richardson Dentist Watches Out for Gum Disease

July 30, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmcdougal @ 8:36 pm

When you brush your teeth, your gums should never bleed. Just like if you wash your hands, it wouldn’t be normal for your palms to start bleeding either. Blood is a telltale sign of gum disease. If you experience this symptom, you should reach out to your Richardson dentist for help restoring healthy, pink, strong gums. After all, gums are what hold your beautiful smile in place.

Do you have gum disease?

The signs of gum disease are quite blatant and should not be ignored. If you have some signs of gum disease, but you’re not sure if this is the real problem, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are your gums red and swollen?
  • Are your gums tender during your dental hygiene routine?
  • Do you notice blood—even a little—while you’re brushing or flossing?
  • Have you noticed puss along your gum line or between your teeth?
  • Do your permanent teeth feel loose?
  • Are your gums starting to recede and show the roots of your teeth?
  • Do you see pockets or bulges along your gum line?
  • Do you have bad breath no matter what you do?

Gum Disease Should Never Be Ignored

Research has shown that advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) is associated with several other health concerns that affect much more than just your mouth. Studies show that having gum disease increases your risk of developing severe health complications like strokes, diabetes, and heart disease. The state of your teeth and gums affects your overall health. Simple brushing, flossing, and keeping regular dental appointments will boost your oral health.

Treatments for Gum Disease

When it comes to revitalizing your gum health, there are different ways to approach each patient depending on their severity.  If one of our dental professionals notice that you have mildly inflamed gums, he may recommend that you come in for more frequent, thorough cleanings. But, if frequent professional cleanings aren’t reversing the effects of gum disease, we may provide you an in-depth, non-surgical cleaning known as scaling and root planing with our advanced soft tissue laser.

Non-Surgical Laser Therapy for Gum Disease in Richardson

Our soft tissue laser safely destroys harmful bacteria that’s settled and causes periodontal disease. Many people love this procedure for gum disease treatment because it eliminates discomfort from the scalpel and healing period your mouth goes through. Patients recover more quickly and experience a much more non-invasive procedure.

Other advantages of laser periodontal therapy include:

  • Non-infected gum tissue is not affected by our soft tissue laser.
  • Minimal bleeding occurs after the procedure.
  • Laser gum treatment stimulates healthy bone regeneration around an affected tooth.
  • Laser gum therapy encourages new connective tissue to grow between teeth and gums.
  • The laser seals gums, thereby blocking bacteria or the formation of gum pockets in the future.
  • Most patients return to their normal daily activities immediately after laser periodontal therapy.

Contact Our Office Tay!

If gum disease is left untreated, it will continue to advance and drag down your oral health. Bad oral health can lead to a decline in your overall health as well. To avoid these problems, practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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