You brush and floss carefully and thoroughly twice a day just like you should. But how much attention do you give your gums? It might surprise you to learn that gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in the United States. You can keep your gums pink, healthy, and happy with regular dental cleanings and examinations from Callow Family Dentistry in Plymouth, MI.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Our mouths have whole colonies of bacteria. That might sound gross, but it’s natural and normal. Some of those bacteria, though, combine with a protein in saliva to create a thin, sticky, and nearly invisible film called dental plaque.
Bacteria-rich plaque forms on the gum line around the teeth. The bacteria feed off the sugars in our food and drink and begin to secrete acids. Those acids start to eat away at your tooth enamel, and they also irritate and inflame the gums. You’ll know that’s happening if your gums change to a darker red, bleed easily when you brush or floss, or become puffy or tender.
Fortunately, you can easily remove plaque by brushing and flossing twice a day. However – mouths are complicated places filled tiny spaces that are hard to reach and to clean thoroughly. It may be uncomfortable to hear, but even people who take excellent care of their teeth can develop gum disease. That’s why regular dental cleanings and examinations at Callow Family Dentistry in Plymouth, MI are so important. Dental cleanings remove every trace of plaque which is often enough to completely stop the disease. And examinations can detect the tiniest beginnings of cavities so they can be treated easily.
Sometimes, though, there are no signs of early gum disease, or gingivitis. If the gums become irritated enough, they can begin to pull away from your teeth. That allows bacteria to get below the gum line and create pockets of infection. Over time, the infection can damage the ligament that helps keep a tooth stable. The deep infection creates bad breath that nothing seems to help for long. And ultimately, the tooth or teeth can actually fall out.
This stage of gum disease is called periodontitis, and it requires professional help as soon as possible. When you’re dealing with gum disease, time lost can equal teeth lost.
Gentle Gum Disease Treatment in Plymouth, MI
When you need more than a simple cleaning to restore the health of your gums, count on Dr. Douglas A. Callow, D.D.S. at Callow Family Dentistry. We use a quick and comfortable device called an ultrasonic scaler to perform a deep, nonsurgical cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. The procedure removes all traces of bacteria above and below the gum line, including pockets of infection. We’ll also smooth your tooth roots which helps to prevent further infection.
Dr. Callow has helped thousands of patients have pink, healthy, and happy gums again.
If you’re experiencing any indication of gum disease, don’t wait! Gentle and thorough gum disease treatment is available in the Plymouth, MI area by calling Callow Family Dentistry at 734-547-6515. Or you can fill out and submit our online form.