Although they are often overlooked, your gums play a vital role in both your dental health and overall health. At Pristine Dental, we specialize in periodontal treatments so that patients can avoid the serious consequences of gum disease and enjoy a healthy smile through all stages of life. Dr. Noh is a qualified dentist who can treat all facets of your oral health, from general dentistry and restorative treatments to cosmetic enhancements and more. When it comes to your gum health, our practice offers Walpole families a full range of advanced periodontal treatments using the most effective and comfortable methods available. Superior, patient-centered care is the hallmark of our practice. Therefore, you can expect a personalized treatment plan based on your current and future periodontal needs.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease occurs in stages and it can be mild or severe. However, its symptoms should never be ignored. Neglecting to treat the mild symptoms of gingivitis can lead to a progression into advanced periodontitis, which can compromise both your smile and your overall health.  While advanced gum disease can eventually cause tooth loss, it has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature birth.  Gum disease is an infection that can cause inflammation in areas of your body beyond your gums and weaken your immune system. At Pristine Dental, we are diligent to monitor your gum health during your routine dental exams. This gives us an opportunity to treat gum problems at their earliest stage so that signs of disease or infection can be successfully eradicated using the most conservative treatment methods. If you are suffering from any of the following gum disease symptoms, we want to hear from you:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums

Your gum health can be compromised by a variety of factors. Most commonly, poor oral hygiene allows plaque to harden below the gum line. This leads to an infection within these soft tissues that support your teeth. As more bacteria and food particles get trapped underneath the gums, the infection can quickly spread and affect your jawbone health. Gum disease is marked by a progression from swollen gums to receding gums. Eventually the diseased gums pull away from the teeth and the teeth become loose due to improper support.

Fortunately, there are ways to manage gum disease and prevent the infection from causing serious symptoms. We offer deep scaling and root planing as well as other advanced periodontal therapies to effectively treat gum disease. Please contact Pristine Dental today to learn more about gum disease, including your specific risk factors and which treatment methods will benefit you most.