Gum disease is a progressive infection of the gums. In its early stages, gum disease can be treated by getting back-on-track with a proper oral hygiene routine and cleanings from your dentist. In its later stages, the condition may require more specialized treatment by your dentist to stop its progression.
An experienced dentist in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Scott Greenhalgh is committed to achieving your best oral health. He can provide gum disease treatment along with other general dentistry services. For help maintaining or improving your gum health, please call 303-988-9060 today.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is also called periodontal disease, and it has two stages:
- Gingivitis: Bacteria in plaque cause your gums to become inflamed.
- Periodontitis: Your gums pull away from your teeth. The resulting pockets can become infected by the bacteria in plaque.
Early gum disease rarely causes symptoms. Later stages of the infection may cause red-purple gums that bleed easily, chronic bad breath; tender, swollen gums and loose teeth. Periodontitis develops only if gingivitis remains untreated.
If periodontitis continues to progress untreated, the bone and ligaments supporting your teeth break down. Eventually, your teeth can become loose within their bone sockets and may ultimately fall out.
Throughout the stages of gum disease, Dr. Greenhalgh can intervene to stop the progression of the disease and prevent tooth loss.
Gum Disease Risk Factors
This infection is caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar. Filmy dental plaque on your teeth hardens into tartar if not removed, and this tartar can invade your gums and infect the surrounding structures.
Various factors may increase your risk for gum disease, including:
- Poor dental hygiene
- Chronic illnesses and infections
- Increased hormone levels, such as caused by stress, pregnancy and birth control pills
- Certain medications, including those for blood pressure, cancer and epilepsy
Visiting the dentist every six months is a very effective way to prevent gum disease. The cleaning you receive from a hygienist removes tartar you cannot remove yourself. During an exam, our dentist can spot signs of infection in their early stages, and can provide treatment to stop gum disease before it gets worse.
Dr. Greenhalgh also provides treatment for periodontitis and advanced stages of gum disease requiring scaling and root planing or other treatments.
Please contact Scott Greenhalgh, DDS, by calling 303-988-9060 to schedule a consultation on gum disease prevention, treatment options and more.