And the supporting tissues that hold your teeth in place. If they get irritated or infected, prompt treatment is critical. The leading cause of tooth loss in the United States is gum disease. It is a common oral health condition that can be easily reversed if caught early. At our Richmond family dental practice, we offer a variety of treatments for early and advanced gum disease, which often includes a deep cleaning and a change in your oral hygiene habits.
Gum disease often begins when the teeth and gums are not properly cleaned. As plaque accumulates along the gum line, bacteria breed and release toxins that inflame and infect the gums. Patients may notice that their gums appear puffy or more red than usual. This is the initial stage of gum disease called gingivitis.
If the infection is not treated in a timely manner, it can spread and deteriorate the soft tissues and underlying bone that support your teeth. This causes the gums to recede or pull away from the tooth root. Deep pockets form in the gums and more plaque, food debris and bacteria are harbored. Beyond the serious threats to your oral health, untreated gum disease can also pose risks to your overall health. Stroke, heart disease, diabetes and premature births have all been associated with advanced periodontal disease.
Please call Dr. Tse at Short Pump Family Dentistry for effective treatment:
Not all patients that have gum disease will experience noticeable symptoms. Therefore, it is important that you maintain your routine checkups and cleanings throughout the year. Dr. Tse is passionate about preventive dentistry and protecting patients from serious oral health problems such as gum disease.