Healthy gums will support healthy teeth!
Gum disease affects approximately 75% of adults at some point in their lives. Many patients do not realize they have gum disease until it is spotted by our Nixa dental care team during a dental exam, or they begin to suffer from more complex dental problems: gum disease remains a leading cause of tooth loss.
Preventive dental care is the foundation of lifelong oral health and can help patients avoid late stage gum disease by providing the opportunity for early intervention and personalized hygiene recommendations to maintain healthy gums.
Common Symptoms of Gum Disease
During routine preventive care visits to MAC Dental, Dr. McLauchlin, Dr. Bare and our staff look for the early signs of gum disease in an effort to offer conservative treatment and prevent damage to the gums and teeth. There are several signs and symptoms that typically accompany gum disease that are important to watch for and mention to Dr. McLauchlin or Dr. Bare during your office visit:
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing teeth
- Red, swollen gums
- Shifting teeth or a change in the bite
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
Treatment for Gum Disease
Treatment options for gum disease will depend on the stage and severity of your individual case. Your dentist will thoroughly examine your gums and teeth to determine the stage of the disease and what damage have occurred as a result.
Gingivitis: for early stage gum disease, an intense cleaning called scaling and root planing may be sufficient to remove plaque from tooth roots and the gum line, preventing permanent damage to the teeth and allowing the gum tissue to heal.
Periodontitis: advanced gum disease often requires a more complex treatment approach to both restore gum health and repair damaged tissue. Dr. McLauchlin or Dr. Bare may coordinate care with a local specialist to ensure optimal results.