Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a prevalent oral health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. It is primarily caused by the presence of harmful bacteria in dental plaque, which can lead to inflammation and infection of the gum tissues. If left untreated, gum disease can have serious consequences, including gum tissue recession, tooth loss and even bone loss. While Dr. Olagoke Masha and Dr. Jennifer Ogbuehi check for signs of gum disease during your regular dental visits, recognizing the signs and seeking timely treatment is crucial to maintaining good oral health.
Common signs of gum disease include swollen, red or tender gums, as well as gums that bleed easily, particularly during brushing or flossing. Other symptoms may include loose teeth, discomfort while chewing, persistent bad breath and the visual appearance of longer teeth due to receding gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential to schedule an examination with our experienced dentists and team to determine if gum disease is the underlying issue.
Gum disease treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach; instead, it is tailored to your specific needs. The severity of the condition will dictate the recommended treatment plan. Depending on your case, our skilled dentists may suggest a variety of treatment options to meet your needs, such as additional professional dental cleanings, guidance on improving your at-home oral hygiene routine, antibiotic therapy, scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning procedure) or, in more severe cases, gum surgery. Our primary goal is to restore your oral health and prevent the progression of the disease. We will discuss all your options with you to create an individualized treatment plan that will be effective in addressing the disease and improving your oral health.
For more information about gum disease treatment in Houston, Texas, please reach out to True Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 281-666-9912 and schedule an appointment with our dentists. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest possible quality of care.