Gum Disease

Your Whole Body is at Risk

Do you have red, swollen, and tender gums? Do they bleed when you brush or floss? Are your gums pulling back to expose more and more of your teeth? You may be in the early stages of gum disease. If these things sound familiar you need to see a Holbrook dentist you can trust. Dr. Teresa Salem offers treatments and care for your gums.

When your gums are inflamed, they can make it hard to eat. They hurt when you brush or floss, so you avoid needed dental care. However, the longer you avoid proper oral hygiene, the worse they get. Eventually, your gums could lose the ability to hold your teeth in place.

In recent years, scientists have discovered that gum disease doesn’t just affect the mouth. Bleeding gums make it possible for oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream and travel throughout your body. There’s evidence that these bacteria can cause heart attacks, make it harder for diabetics to control their blood pressure, and even trigger premature labor in pregnant women. You cannot afford to ignore the early stages of gum disease. You’re putting your whole body at risk.

Stages of Gum Disease

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. If you have red, puffy gums that bleed easily, you may have gingivitis. At this stage, the damage to your gums is reversible. Your dentist can show you how to improve your oral hygiene to return your gums to health.

In periodontitis, plaque is spreading beneath your gums and causing damage. Toxins from bacteria cause your body to attack your teeth, gums, and jaw bones. Tissue loss occurs, and pockets of infection make the symptoms even worse. If you have periodontitis, your dentist may have to do extensive work to restore your mouth to health.

Treatments for Gum Disease

For the early stages of gum disease, treatments can be as simple as a thorough cleaning, a prescription for antibiotics, and instructions to brush, floss, and use mouthwash at home. When the disease is more advanced, you may need more complicated treatments to restore the gum line and protect your teeth. Dr. Salem will assess the extent of damage to your gums and develop a treatment plan tailored to your dental needs.

If you have the symptoms of gum disease, you need professional care. Dr. Teresa Salem can help you protect your gums and save your teeth. Call our Holbrook dentist’s office at (781) 995-3334 to schedule a check-up, cleaning, and consultation.