Contact the professionals at Culp Dental for an accurate diagnosis and effective periodontal treatment in Rock Hill, SC. Our dentists can help prevent periodontal disease, but if you do show signs of this disease, we have the experience and expertise to ensure the best outcome for your condition.
Gingivitis, the earliest form of periodontal disease, is a reversible inflammation of the gums characterized by red, puffy gums that bleed easily. It is usually caused by plaque and can be reversed with removal of the plaque and with excellent oral hygiene. If ignored, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, or periodontal disease. Periodontitis destroys the gums and structures surrounding the teeth, which can lead to tooth loss.
Risk factors for developing gum disease include smoking, hormonal changes in women, diabetes, illnesses such as AIDS and cancer and their treatment, medications that reduce the flow of saliva, and genetic susceptibility.
Signs and symptoms include bad breath that doesn’t go away, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, loose teeth and receding gums. If you experience these symptoms, contact Culp Dental immediately to request an appointment.
Treatments vary depending on the severity of the disease. They include:
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can help prevent gum disease. Brush your teeth twice each day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth, don’t smoke and visit Culp Dental for regular checkups.