Periodontal Care in Princeton TX
Like a foundation supports the structure of your house, your gums are the foundation for your teeth. Healthy gums are the key to achieving the best possible oral health.
At Hello Dental, we’re well equipped to help with all of your periodontal needs, and we believe that regular preventative appointments are the best way to do this.
The Oral Systemic Connection
Emerging information about the connection between your periodontal health and your overall health tells us that there’s never been a more important time to take care of your oral health.
We now understand that the bacteria that causes periodontal (gum) disease can also contribute to the inflammation causing other health concerns in the body such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke. We've also learned that this connection appears to work both ways. In a nutshell, this means that your oral health is directly related to your overall well being.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth, and it occurs when excess plaque buildup separates your gums from your teeth and allows harmful bacteria below your gum line.
The infection begins slowly and is often hard to diagnose on your own because there aren’t many symptoms or pain at first. This is why routine cleaning and checkups with your dentist are so important. Early detection of gum disease gives you the best opportunity to treat your condition successfully with less invasive treatment.
Gingivitis – The Early Stage of Gum Disease
Do your gums appear red and irritated? Have you noticed blood in the sink when you brush your teeth? Perhaps you struggle with bad breath that you can’t get rid of?
These are all signs of gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. This is the ideal time to schedule a cleaning and checkup because gingivitis can often be successfully managed with a professional cleaning and changes to your home care. Many patients are even able to successfully reverse their condition.
Periodontitis – The Advanced Stage of Gum Disease
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, and during this time you may notice more pain or sensitivity when you eat or brush your teeth. You may also see gum recession or find that your teeth feel mobile.
This stage of gum disease requires a deeper cleaning to reach below the gum line and remove the plaque and tartar buildup causing your infection. Drs. Cho and Kang may also recommend antibiotic therapy and even surgery in some cases.
With consistent preventative visits, we hope to help you avoid issues like gum disease. If you find yourself dealing with it at some as point, as over half of American adults do, you can rest assured that your team at Hello Dental is well equipped to help you!