Bleeding, swelling or receding gums may be indications that you have gum disease. Gum disease should be addressed as soon as possible. It is one of the dental concerns that we diagnose every day. LIFESmiles offers comprehensive care of gum disease for patients of all ages in Boise, ID.
We help patients prevent, manage and treat all stages of periodontal disease through routine dentistry, patient education and periodontal therapy.
Gum disease commonly goes undetected until damage to the gums begins to occur. For many patients bleeding gums while brushing or flossing is the first sign of gum disease. At this point, bacteria has already begun to spread and seeking treatment as soon as possible can prevent further damage.
Gum disease may be preventable with improved oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist. Brushing and flossing thoroughly twice removes food debris, prevents plaque and tartar build-up and helps to manage oral bacteria. Six-month dental checkups and biannual professional teeth cleanings allow for a deeper clean and the ability to catch warning signs of gum disease early.
Like all medical issues, gum disease can be most effectively treated if caught early on in development. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and left untreated it can advance into periodontal disease compromising the entire chewing system and systemic health.
Gum disease has been linked to an increase in health issues such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Tooth loss
- Receding gumlines
- Jaw recession from bone loss
- Heart attacks
Signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
- Chronic halitosis
- Tooth loss
- Receding gum line
- Tooth sensitivity
- Patchy red or white spots on their gums
- Swollen, tender gums
Managing & Treating Gum Disease
At LIFESmiles we screen for periodontal disease as part of your routine dental exam. We believe that preventing gum disease is the best treatment. Our dental care team may make personalized recommendations on how to improve your brushing and flossing routine and which oral hygiene products are right for you.
Treatment for gum disease is tailored to your specific oral health needs. Treatment plans for gum disease may incorporate a combination of deep cleanings and restorative procedures to fully restore the health of the gums.
Professional teeth cleanings or scaling and root planning are commonly used to prevent the spread of disease-causing bacteria. Scaling and root planning removes plaque build up from hard to reach surfaces of the teeth while reducing disease-causing bacteria.
LIFESmiles also incorporates laser dentistry to help restore the gumline. The Solea laser can be used to recontour the gumline, eradicate bacteria, and repair tooth decay all without painful surgery. Laser therapy helps to stimulate the body’s natural healing response and eliminates the need for sutures or long downtimes.