Want your natural smile to last a lifetime? Then don’t neglect your gums. Gum tissue and the bone structure underneath are the unsung heroes of a beautiful and healthy smile. Family dentist, Dr. Wagner and the team at Highland Village are dedicated to making sure your periodontal health is in the best shape possible, so your smile can look its best, too.
While you go about your normal routine during the day, the bacteria in your mouth are active, as well. Namely, they multiply—especially if there is an accumulation of oral plaque. Plaque is that somewhat sticky substance that develops naturally in our mouths. If not removed with regular brushing and flossing—brushing to remove plaque from tooth surfaces and flossing for removal from in between teeth—then the bacteria in plaque can begin to spread infection to the gum tissue around your teeth. Moreover, hardened plaque (called tartar or calculus) is much more difficult to remove and gives bacteria an even greater chance of causing the infection that is gum disease.
Early in development, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is recognized by red and swollen gums and possible bleeding tissue when you brush. As the disease advances and becomes periodontitis, symptoms may include:
- Bad breath
- Deep gum pockets around the roots of teeth
- The presence of pus, a sign of infection
- Loose or shifted teeth
- A feeling that your bite has changed
If periodontal disease progresses to this stage, then you may have more to be concerned about than your oral health. Scientific research shows that the same bacteria that cause gum disease are linked to other systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, dementia and low birthweight in newborn infants. Thus, the need to stop the progress of gum disease and reverse the effects is critical.
Gum Disease Therapy Highland Village Smile About
When you attend a dental checkup at Highland Village, a hygienist will examine your gums and probe pocket depths. Healthy gums have a pocket depth between two and three millimeters; greater than three millimeters is indicative of periodontal disease.
Gum disease treatment in Highland Village necessitates a deep cleaning. We’ll remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Our hygienists use Biolase laser therapy for moderate to advanced gum disease. This minimally invasive, FDA-cleared therapy promotes the healthy reattachment of gum tissue to teeth roots, even as it eliminates the bacteria that cause gum disease. Then, to lessen the chance of plaque accumulation happening again, we’ll smooth the surfaces of your teeth roots. Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, Dr. Wagner may recommend scheduling cleanings as often as every three months in order to maintain healthy gums that will support your beautiful smile for years to come.
To make an appointment with Dr. Wagner at Highland Village Family Dentistry, contact our Highland Village, TX, dental office. Patients from Flower Mound, Lewisville, Lantana, Argyle, and surrounding north Texas communities can trust Highland Village Family Dentistry to be here when you need us most – whether that’s for regular dental checkups and cleanings or for more advanced treatment like gum disease therapy.