Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection that affects the gums surrounding the teeth. Effective treatment is necessary in order to treat gum disease because if it is left untreated it can lead to periodontal disease, serious health problems, and tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. Here in Walpole, MA, Pristine Dental is the dental practice to trust for safe and effective gum disease treatment. Our mission is to serve all of our patients through excellence, with a gentle touch, and in a stress free environment. Perhaps it is fear or dislike of the dentist that has kept you away and has contributed to your gums becoming infected. Those anxieties can be erased completely at Pristine Dental.
Gum disease in its earliest stage is called gingivitis. It is the swelling and tenderness of the gums that causes discomfort and bleeding while brushing. Gum disease is typically caused by an over abundance of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a bacteria-laden substance that attaches to the teeth every time we eat. If this plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing on a daily basis, it will build up and begin to damage the teeth and gums.
The most positive aspect of gingivitis is that it is reversible. A deep cleaning, specialized tooth paste, and a dedication to proper oral health care are often all that are needed for complete healing. However, if gum disease is allowed to progress beyond the first stage of gingivitis, it becomes permanently damaging and its effects cannot be reversed. This means that any gum recession and/or tooth or bone degeneration cannot be corrected and will cause the future health of your mouth to be compromised.
At Pristine Dental, we are committed to providing gentle and effective treatments for all of your dental care needs, including treatment for gum disease. If your gums are swollen, tender, or infected, please contact our dental practice today. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy and restored smile.