One of the biggest dangers of gum disease is that, in many cases, you cannot see or feel the damage that is occurring in your mouth. Periodontal disease is an active and progressive bacterial infection in your mouth that can lead to devastating tooth and bone loss. What is worse, is the infection in your mouth can spread through your bloodstream to infect other systems in your body. Studies have shown that gum disease can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and some forms of cancer. It is vital to seek treatment for gum disease as soon as possible to stop its progression and save your overall health. Call our office today to receive your appointment.
Gum disease starts out in the form of gingivitis. You may have gingivitis if you have red, puffy or irritated gums. At this stage gingivitis can be treated and eliminated once the bacteria and plaque have been removed. It is important to receive regular dental cleanings to prevent gingivitis and to keep your mouth healthy.
If you have periodontal disease we can still stop its progression and control the infection with periodontal cleanings. A periodontal maintenance cleaning is an on-going hygiene program that is designed to stop the progression of gum disease. Treating your gum disease early and regularly with periodontal cleanings will help save your teeth and prevent future tooth and bone loss.
Periodontal disease causes pockets of infection to form around your teeth, and as these pockets get bigger, you will not be able to clean them out with at-home brushing. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease you may need a special deep dental cleaning to remove all of the infection below and above your gum line. This deep periodontal cleaning is called scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment to remove the infection and reduce pocket depths. It is most effective when performed during the earlier stages of gum disease so it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Dr. Daren Larsen and Dr. Josh Haslem provide periodontal services as general dentists in Vernal, UT. If you have gingivitis and would like to learn more about your treatment options, including a periodontal cleaning, call our office today to receive your appointment. We look forward to speaking with you!