Gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue that should be avoided at all costs. If you have questions about gum disease, prevention might be difficult. So, our dentist, Dr. Dorsey W. Baker, would like to help you find the answers to your questions about gum disease and ultimately help you avoid developing this condition. We are happy to share the answers to the following commonly asked questions:
Q: What is gum disease?
A: Gum disease is one of the most serious and dangerous dental issues in the world today. It develops when plaque is left on the teeth and gums for a long period of time. As it grows and spreads, it turns into tartar, which is a very toxic substance. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease while periodontitis is the second stage.
Q: What are the symptoms of gum disease?
A: The symptoms of gingivitis are: red, swollen and tender gums as well as persistent bad breath and gums that bleed easily, especially when you brush, floss and eat. The symptoms of periodontitis are: receded gums, gum pockets, tender gums, loose teeth and lost teeth.
Q: What are the treatments available for gum disease?
A: A professional dental cleaning can help treat gingivitis while more invasive treatments are necessary for periodontitis. Some of these more complex treatments include scaling and root planing, laser therapy, dental grafts and more.
To learn more about gum disease treatment in Glendale, Arizona, please reach out to our practice and talk to a member of our dental team. All you need to do is dial 602-942-0623, and we will be more than happy to give you the answers, information and help you need. We look forward to talking with you!