When most people think about their smile goals, they typically think about having dazzling aligned teeth. But your gums are just as crucial to a healthy, beautiful smile. Your gums and ligaments help keep your teeth safely anchored in the jaw bone. If your gums are struggling because of advancing gum disease, your teeth can eventually loosen, fall out or require extraction and replacing!
Taking good care of your teeth and gums is essential if you want to have a smile you can be proud of in the years to come. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is one that progresses relentlessly thanks to destructive bacteria that build up around the gum line, not just your teeth. This can create gum pockets, as the infected gum tissue pulls away from your pearly whites. If gum disease isn’t treated early on, it can leave you with bone loss, receding gums, and tooth loss.
Signs that your gums might be in trouble include having red, tender and swollen gums that bleed. You might also notice chronic bad breath, pain when you chew, teeth feeling loose and having gums that recede, making your teeth look longer. If you notice any of these symptoms, we encourage you to call our office so our dentist, Jerry L Butler DDS MAGD, can determine if you are experiencing gum or periodontal disease.
Dr. Butler might recommend coming in for cleanings more than the usual two times a year coupled with a stepped-up oral hygiene routine at home. He might also prescribe antibiotics along with deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) or gum surgery if it’s too severe. Our goal is to help you keep your natural teeth healthy and strong to avoid extraction or tooth loss. Our team is ready to help you address gum disease in Boone NC as quickly as possible!