Did you know that gum disease affects around 50% of the current US population? This incredibly common problem can lead to permanent damage and even tooth loss. Thankfully, at Denton Dental Center, Dr. Todd Balington and his team are experienced in detecting and treating gum disease. The early detection of gum disease can prevent you from dealing with much more serious issues in the future. Keep reading to learn more about his problem and how gum disease treatment in Denton is vital for your health.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums and supportive tissue. Typically caused by plaque and tartar buildup as a result of poor oral healthcare, gum disease can lead to damage of your gums, supportive tissue, tooth loss, and even more serious health risks. Fortunately, the beginning stage of gum disease is reversible through good oral healthcare and routine dental visits. That’s why it’s important to know the warning signs so you can seek treatment for the disease before it causes permanent damage.
While the main cause of gum disease is poor oral healthcare, your risks increase if you smoke or use tobacco, drink alcohol heavily, have a history of gum disease, or have immune disorders.
Because recognizing the symptoms can save your smile, here are some of the most common signs of gum disease:
If you notice any of these symptoms, call our office right away. Dr. Balington will examine your gums and mouth to decide your next steps towards positive health.
While gum disease can cause damage to your gums, supportive tissue, and teeth, it has also been linked to increased risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, and even Alzheimer’s. Specifically, studies have shown that gum disease can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and related problems by 20%. With studies continuing to pile up linking your gum health to your overall wellbeing, routine dental checkups and cleanings are vital to ensure the health of your gums.
Dr. Todd Balington’s main way of treating gum disease is a treatment called scaling and root planing. With this procedure, he will clean away plaque and tartar that has been collecting on your smile. He will carefully remove these gum-disease causing substances from above and below your gumline. Then, he will smooth out your tooth roots below your gumline to make it much harder for plaque and bacteria to collect in the future. This simple yet affective treatment, also called a deep cleaning, can save your gums from permanent damage and the risks that this disease can cause.