Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
Do you think you may have gum disease? Do you even know how to tell? Our team at our Kansas City, MO dentist office can help you identify any cases of infection, treat the infection, and help you prevent it in the future! Below you will learn more about gum disease treatment! Feel free to contact our team of dentists with any questions you may have.
Understanding Gum Disease
If you or a family member is diagnosed with gum disease, we are well equipped to be able to manage and treat your gum disease. Gum disease is a ongoing process that requires maintenance cleanings. Our hygienists are well equipped in order to treat, and prevent the disease process from reoccurring. It's a relationship that we establish with our patients so that they're well educated. One, that they know that they've been with gum disease, and two, that they know what requires in order to prevent the disease process from reoccurring.
Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Gum disease is a very common affliction, with most adults having to deal with it at some point in their lives. It often goes undiagnosed because it can be symptomless in its early stages. However, when gum disease does produce symptoms, there are a few telltale signs that you should seek help.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you are likely suffering from gum disease and should seek help as soon as possible:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
- Loose or shifting teeth
Nonsurgical Treatment Options
If you are suffering from gum disease, we offer some nonsurgical treatment options! Very mild cases of gum disease can be corrected with a routine cleaning procedure. More serious cases require deep cleaning procedures called scaling and root planing. These deep cleaning procedures are designed to remove bacteria and buildup from underneath your gums and around your teeth. This process is painless and does not require a lengthy healing period.
For very serious cases, periodontal surgery may be required. In this case, we will refer you to a specialist. Our goal is to catch and treat your gum disease before surgery is required.
Preventing Future Gum Disease
Would you like to prevent future instances of gum disease? It’s easy! Follow these four steps for maintaining a happy, healthy, disease-free smile:
- Brush your teeth at least two times per day with fluoride toothpaste. We recommend using a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles for optimum results.
- Floss your teeth at least once per day. By getting in between your teeth to remove buildup each and every day, you will help keep harmful substances from irritating your gums.
- Avoid sugary snacks and beverages. By maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and avoiding bacteria-feeding sugary foods, you will help your mouth naturally fight the buildup of harmful bacteria.
- Maintain a regular dental cleaning and exam schedule. We recommend visiting our office once every six months to make sure your smile is healthy and clean! If any instances of gum disease do pop up despite your best efforts, we can treat it early to help you avoid any real consequences.
Make An Appointment
Are you exhibiting signs of gum disease? Are you simply overdue for a checkup? Please contact our team directly to book your appointment. You can call us at 816-399-5539 or use our online contact form to send us a message. We offer extended business hours so that we can help you schedule an appointment time that is convenient for you. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!
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