When you think of going to the dentist, you may just think of preventing cavities. But gum health is every bit as important as keeping cavities at bay. No matter what age you may be, taking care of your gums is an essential part of good oral health, which is why we are pleased to offer periodontal care to our patients from throughout the Cedar Park, TX, area.
How to Know if You Have Gum Disease
When it comes to gum disease, we have some good news: if it’s caught in the early stages, gum disease can be completely alleviated in most patients. Although you may not realize that you are in the early stages of this condition, there are some indications that you may be experiencing problems with your gums, including:
- Tender gums
- Swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily
Your dentist can tell you whether you have gum disease during your routine exams and cleanings. You can help to prevent this condition by maintaining a daily oral hygiene routine at home that includes flossing and brushing. Additional practices that may help ward off gum disease are use of a water spraying device and an anti-gingivitis mouthwash.
What Causes Gum Disease
Many times, poor oral hygiene habits are a big contributor in the development of gum disease, but there may be other risk factors as well. Some health problems may make you more prone to gum disease, such as diabetes or heart disease. Some medications may also heighten your risk of developing the condition.
Periodontal Care and Treatment
Your dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment to return you and your gums to good oral health. The exact nature of the treatment will depend, to a large extent, on how far the gum disease has progressed. For some patients, a simple deep cleaning at the dentist’s office, followed by good oral hygiene habits at home, may be enough. Other patients may require medications, while others may require oral surgery in order to resolve the issue.
Contact Our Office Today
For more information about periodontal care, or to reserve an appointment with Dr. Azarnoush or Dr. Conley, contact our Cedar Park, TX, office today.