At our practice, Dr. Voto is not only concerned about the condition of our patients’ teeth, but their gums as well! They are an essential part of overall oral health, and if they are allowed to develop an infection, such as periodontal disease, it can spell big trouble for a patient’s smile.
Periodontal disease is often the result of a lack of oral hygiene that allows plaque and bacteria to accumulate along the gum line, and it can attack both the soft and hard tissues in the mouth. Ultimately, it can eventually lead to tooth loss. It’s actually the #1 cause of adult tooth loss here in the United States!
To make sure this is never an issue for you or your family, our team screens our patients’ gums at every appointment, and if we spot any signs of infection, then we have a variety of treatments designed to eliminate the harmful bacteria. Most often, we can utilize a special dental cleaning called scaling and root planing that can remove bacteria hidden beneath the gum line and lower a person’s chances of reinfection in the future.
If you or a loved one are experiencing red, swollen, or tender gums that tend to bleed often, then you should contact us today for an appointment. These are the early signs of periodontal disease, but with prompt attention, we can swiftly get it under control.