Periodontal (Gum) Care
One of the easiest ways to keep your teeth healthy is to take good care of your gums. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a problem that affects a lot of people, but it can easily be prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth properly and having regular checkups at our Corpus Christi, TX dental office.
Dr. Williamson knows how important it is for you to avoid developing gum disease. It can cause serious problems with your oral health, and we are committed to helping you keep your teeth healthy for a long, long time by providing the treatment you need.
What is Gum Disease?
When we eat and drink during the day, a film called plaque forms on our teeth. This is natural and happens to everyone. It is important to remove plaque because germs attach to it and can start to multiply around your gums. When this happens, your gums become infected, and that is when gum disease starts. You can get rid of a lot of the plaque yourself by brushing and flossing after meals (or at least twice a day). When plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth, it turns into a hard substance called tartar.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is the best way to prevent gum disease from developing. Avoiding sweet foods and drinks and following a healthy diet are also important. But no matter how well you brush, you can’t remove all the plaque and tartar on your teeth because there are just too many places between teeth where a toothbrush and floss can’t reach. Only a dental hygienist has the proper tools and skill to completely remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.
What If I Have Gum Disease?
Gum disease is very common, and it can happen to anyone. It is very important to have it treated quickly before it becomes more serious. If it is not treated, your tooth may start to feel loose and can even fall out. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in U.S. adults.
Dr. Williamson will check to see how much gum disease is present. If no damage has been done, a thorough cleaning by our friendly hygienists is often enough to stop gum disease from developing further. In cases where the disease is more advanced, you will need a deep cleaning so that the infected tissue can be removed thoroughly.
If Dr. Williamson finds that the infection is very serious, he will use gentle laser dentistry to remove the infection. Treatment with lasers is comfortable and requires very little recovery time. In fact, laser treatment can actually help restore gum tissue to its healthy state.
Making regular appointments for checkups and cleanings is the best way to keep your teeth healthy and avoid problems like gum disease. We make it easy by providing you with a friendly and safe environment so that you always feel comfortable when you visit our office for treatment. Call today to schedule your appointment.