Healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy mouth. Recent studies have shown an association between gum disease and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. The dental care team of Creekside Dentistry in Amherst exercises prevention, diagnosis, and prompt treatment of gum diseases and other periodontal concerns. Treating general dental problems like gum disease promotes patient health and well-being. Maintaining healthy gums not only supports your best overall health but also prevents the risk of tooth loss.
What Causes Gum Disease?
The leading cause of gum disease is the build-up of plaque. Other contributing factors may include teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, tobacco use, hormonal changes (pregnancy or menopause), or poor nutrition.
Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
How To Prevent Gum Disease
Regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning will allow for the removal of plaque and tartar build-up before it causes gum irritation and disease. During routine visits, we carefully screen for any signs of gum disease because, if caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and reversible. We also provide education on proper at-home oral hygiene so you can keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Treat Gum Disease in Amherst, NY
Depending on your gum disease symptoms, our dentists offer several treatment options. Dr. Karl Neuhaus will thoroughly evaluate your gums and recommend the most suitable option for restoring and maintaining your oral health. In cases of gingivitis, treatment may be as simple as the at-home use of anti-bacterial rinses to reduce plaque build-up between visits.
Patients with early signs of gum disease may also need or benefit from an intensive tooth cleaning known as scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the dentist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gums, enabling damaged tissue to heal.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require oral surgery. Some options include flap surgery, bone grafts, soft tissue grafts, guided tissue regeneration, or bone surgery.
Contact Our Dental Office Today
Want to find a dentist in Amherst, NY, or the surrounding areas of Tonawanda and Wheatfield? Creekside Dentistry may be the perfect fit for your family’s needs. Whether you need a local dentist for general dentistry and routine care or a highly trained specialist to treat your complex dental problems, Dr. Neuhaus can help.
Call us at (716) 262-8070 or request a dental appointment online.