Dr. Hadley is in the business of saving smiles. Sure, he can help you if you are already missing teeth, but ideally he’d like to spare you from such a difficult situation.
One easy way to keep your natural smile is to make sure you are coming into our Kennewick, WA dentist’s office for your regular cleanings and exams so that if gum disease should ever emerge, it won’t have the chance to wreak havoc in your mouth (and elsewhere in your body). You see, gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults! Our gum disease prevention program aims to keep gum tissue and supporting structures in optimum health so that you can keep smiling all through life.
Read on to learn more about gum disease and then be sure to schedule your next appointment at Marineland Dental Care!
The Telltale Signs
Let’s start at the beginning. What causes gum disease? The real problem is oral bacteria. Before we even get our first teeth in, our mouths are already full of dangerous bacteria. When this bacteria advances under the gumline it will cause inflammation.
Your gums will become red and you will notice that they bleed easily. Don’t ignore this signal. This kind of bleeding is never from brushing too hard!
The early stage of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can be contained and reversed if you have a good relationship with your dentist. But when you don’t come around enough for us to notice the problem, it can escalate real fast.
After full-blown periodontal disease emerges, you will likely be dealing with tooth loss and worse. After that bacteria gets loose in your bloodstream anything is possible. There is a link between gum disease and certain respiratory issues, heart disease, and even cancer!
And after a while it becomes more difficult to treat with conservative measures.
Your Kennewick Dentist Can Help!
We make it easy to optimize your oral health. But keeping up with your six month professional teeth cleanings and dental checkups is essential for warding off disease and decay.
Dr. Hadley can often treat gum disease just by helping you to better care for your teeth in between visits. But for more intense cases we may need to perform a deep cleaning, which involves going below the gumline to remove all that bacteria.
This procedure is also known as scaling and root planing. Importantly, this restorative treatment cleans out the pockets between your teeth and gums, allowing them to get rid of the bacteria and start healing.
At Marineland Dental, we can use the most advanced techniques to prevent and treat gum disease. Dr. Hadley and our dental hygiene team will create a personalized treatment plan just for YOU. We’ll also go over at-home oral health care, including proper nutrition, the correct way to brush and floss and other ways to boost your wellness.
Learn More, Get Started!
To learn more about gum disease prevention, call Marineland Dental Care today at 509-591-0515, or contact us online now!