Treatment for Gum Disease in Horsham, PA

Gum disease is relatively simple to treat in the early stages. At Ambler Dental Care in Horsham, PA, we are prepared to treat it and restore your oral health. Early-stage gum disease can usually be reversed by a thorough therapeutic cleaning of the teeth and gums. Additionally, special mouthwash or toothpaste may be prescribed to help the healing process. From that point, meticulous oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist and hygienist should keep the disease from returning.

When gum disease has advanced, more extensive treatment may be required. Treatment for advanced stages of the disease will depend on the extent of the problem and severity of the infection. Treatments can range anywhere from in-depth cleaning and infection control to surgery. Removal of tartar from the teeth and food debris from pockets formed between teeth and gums is critical for healing.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

Bright pink or red gums accompanied by puffiness or swelling are tell-tale signs of gum disease. Bleeding of the gums is another sign. Often bleeding will occur when brushing or flossing the teeth. The gums may be tender or sore to the touch as well.

While there are many reasons one may acquire gum disease, poor oral hygiene is one of the top causes. Failure to brush or floss teeth properly can result in the buildup of plaque and tartar which are the cause of gum disease. As tartar accumulates on the teeth it pushes the gums away and develops food traps in the form of pockets between the teeth and gums. Here, more bacteria breed causing infection. The chemicals produced by the bacteria and the body's defense system can cause the bone around the teeth to dissolve. This process loosens the teeth in the sockets and eventually leads to loss of teeth.

Many medications can contribute to gum disease. Hormonal changes in women and girls also cause a problem making them more vulnerable to gum disease at certain times. Genetics also play a part in the production of plaque for some people, making them more susceptible to gum disease.

Gum disease is treatable, particularly when it first appears. Regular dental visits promote oral health and make it easier to detect and eradicate the disease before it has an opportunity to reach advanced stages. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Ambler Dental Care in Horsham, PA, to find out if you have gum disease. We can prevent it from causing you to lose your teeth.

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