If you had a large area of infection on your hand or foot, would you have a doctor tend to it? Probably, since you understand that tissue destruction can spread. Yet many people with gum disease do not seek treatment because the condition is easier to ignore, especially in its early stages. Without dental care, however, gum infection can cause loss of teeth and be a serious threat to overall health. Dr. Nathan Jergensen and his team at Diamond Valley Dentist help patients across the Beaumont, Menifee, Murrieta, Perris, and Hemet, CA area regain gum health.
Your mouth hosts hundreds of strains of bacteria. While some play a beneficial role in digestion, others are harmful when they overpopulate. Bacteria form a sticky film of plaque that coats the mouth. As they feast on bits of food debris, these organisms excrete acids that irritate gum tissue. Plaque hardens into tartar at the gumline, causing further irritation.
If you notice these symptoms, you may have the early form of gum disease called gingivitis:
Without a gingivitis cure, gums loosen from teeth, forming pockets around roots. Bacteria move deeper, compromising the ligaments and bone that anchor teeth. As the condition progresses to periodontitis, teeth become loose and must be extracted, or they simply fall out.
Meanwhile, receding gums cause sensitivity and allow decay where unprotected root surfaces are exposed. Pathogens gain access to the bloodstream through diseased gum tissue, triggering internal inflammation linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other grave illnesses.
With early and effective gingivitis treatment, more frequent professional cleanings, and good home care, gingivitis can be reversed. The doctor may also recommend a prescription mouth rinse to combat bacteria.
Periodontal treatment involves deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) to sanitize pockets and smooth root surfaces, encouraging gums to re-seal. If necessary, diseased tissue is gently removed with laser gum treatment. Topical or oral antibiotics may also be prescribed to fight infection.
Are you ready to learn more about the mouth-body connection, and the benefits of contemporary treatment for gum disease? Call 951-458-6545 to schedule an exam at Diamond Valley Dentist in Hemet, CA.
If you could use a smile pick-me-up, you've come to the right place. Contact Dr. Nathan Jergensen, your Hemet dentist at Diamond Valley Dentist today by giving us a call at 951-458-6545 or requesting an appointment online.