Gum disease is a widespread and serious oral health problem; studies show that more than half of all adults across the United States suffer from the condition to some degree, and gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. At Strikwerda Family Dentistry we utilize leading-edge technology and methods to prevent, detect and treat 49423 gum disease. With periodic dental checkups, our team of professionals helps you and your family maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Preventing gum disease involves an oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing daily, limiting your intake of sugary foods and periodic professional teeth cleanings. These steps help manage the accumulation of plaque, which is a sticky film that gathers continuously in your mouth, harboring harmful bacteria that feed on sugar. When plaque accumulates below the gum line, it infects and inflames the soft tissues and bone structure supporting the teeth. The initial stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which may not present with any pain or symptoms at first. It’s important to visit our office for periodic checkups which allows our dentist to diagnose gingivitis from its outset, before it progresses to a more advanced stage of periodontal disease. To treat gingivitis, our dentist may recommend a deep periodontal cleaning called scaling, which removes plaque from below the gums. Treatment may also include root planing, which smooths the root surfaces of teeth to prevent further plaque buildup. Our team may also recommend techniques for improving your oral hygiene routine at home and more frequent teeth cleanings to protect your teeth against 49423 gum disease.
At Strikwerda Family Dentistry, we provide the most advanced care to halt the onset and progress of 49423 gum disease. We are committed to helping you enjoy a lifetime of excellent oral health. To learn more about preventing gum disease or to schedule an appointment, call today.