Treatment for Gum Disease
Your gums are the foundation of your smile. Therefore, to maintain healthy teeth, it is imperative that you properly care for your gums. At Alora Dentistry, we take a proactive approach to helping patients avoid gum disease by providing the best general dental care. However, when diligent brushing and routine dental visits are not enough, we proudly offer a variety of proven treatment options to reverse gum disease. Whether you have mild or advanced gum disease, our team is equipped to restore your gum health before the infection causes a serious threat to your smile and general health. While gum disease is currently the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, it has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature birth when left untreated.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Understanding the symptoms and causes of gum disease is the first step towards preventing it. Gum disease is essentially a bacterial infection that can eventually cause destruction of the tissues and bone that support your teeth. Periodontal disease often begins with poor oral hygiene. It can also occur when food debris, plaque and bacteria are not properly removed with brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings. When hardened plaque is not removed, it can irritate the gums and cause them to pull away from the tooth roots. This causes deep pockets of tissue to form which harbor bacteria and contributes to a worsening infection.
Fortunately, our Napa Valley dentists are trained to treat and reverse gum disease, whether it is mild gingivitis or advanced periodontitis. We may offer scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) or other treatments to promote better gum health. In all cases, we make it a priority to educate patients on their risk factors for gum disease as well as its symptoms. If you notice any of the following signs of periodontal disease, please contact Alora Dentistry sooner rather than later:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding while brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Teeth that seem to be loose or moving away from one another
- Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
When it comes to periodontal therapy, trust our Napa Valley dentists for excellence at every step. We are confident we can restore your gum health and protect you from tooth loss and other serious consequences.