Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems in the country. In fact, most people have some stage of mild or severe gum disease. Don’t let its pervasiveness fool you into thinking it isn’t also serious. Gum disease, if left untreated, can cause irreversible damage to your mouth, and even cause you to lose teeth.
Gum disease is caused by plaque that accumulates in the mouth. Over time it causes irritation and infection. While the cause remains the same, various factors can accelerate its development in some people. For example, hormonal changes can make gums more sensitive, while some medication may cause dry mouth. Smoking, among a plethora of other negatives, makes gums less able to heal themselves. And of course, poor oral hygiene allows bacteria to accumulate in the first place.
While some risk factors are not controllable, there is one thing anyone can do: maintain excellent oral hygiene. Prevention is the best way to deal with gum disease. By removing plaque every day with effective brushing and flossing, you are preventing gum disease.
However, if gum disease does set in, Vela Dental Centers Kingsville offers various non-surgical treatment options. These may include more frequent teeth cleanings, or other deeper cleaning procedures, such as scaling and root planing. These remove plaque and tartar that have accumulated below the gum line, and smooth the roots of teeth in order to make accumulation more difficult in the future.
If you need treatment for mild or moderate gum disease, please call our office here in Kingsville, TX, to schedule your appointment today!