It is very important that your gums stay healthy for many different reasons. The most obvious reason is that if your gums become infected, it can affect the health of your teeth. If gums are infected, infection reaches down to the jawbone, teeth can begin to loosen and even fall out. However, there are other serious problems that can result from gum disease. Infection from gum disease can travel to other parts of your mouth, or through the bloodstream can even reach other parts of your body. Gum disease has been known to contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure and even stroke. For all these reasons it is very important that you come into our dental office in Bowers for a dental exam.
At our practice, James C. Blankenhorn DMD, our expert and highly trained dentist is Dr. Blankenhorn. Gum disease can develop due to several different reasons. The most common reason for gum disease is poor oral hygiene. If plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your teeth, it will encourage the development of deep pockets to form between your teeth and gums. When these deep pockets form, plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food debris will all gather in the pockets and infection will form. Nutritional deficiencies can also cause gum disease. Bad health habits including smoking, or chewing tobacco also contribute to gum disease. There are also dental reasons that can contribute to gum disease such as lack of treatment for cavities, ill-fitting dentures, or even ongoing braces treatment. At our dental office in Bowers, our dentist will be able to determine whether or not your gums are healthy
If it is determined that you have gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease, our dentist will most likely recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months to make sure that your gums return to good health. If you are seen to have mild to moderate gum disease, and deep pockets have already formed, our dentist will probably recommend that you have a scaling and root planing treatment at our office. This treatment is like a deep cleaning for the gums. All matter will be removed from the deep pockets, and you may receive some type of antibiotic treatment. This procedure should help the gums to heal. You will probably need to have repeated gum treatments at our dental office in Bowers to make sure that your gums stay in good health.