The health of your gums plays a vital role in keeping your smile healthy and strong. Worldwide, however, millions of people worldwide suffer from of gum disease in various forms and stages of progression. When left untreated, gum disease leads to dental decay and tooth loss, in addition to acute dental pain and sensitivity. Fortunately, many modern treatments have been developed to help you prevent, arrest, and manage gum disease.

Gum disease begins when plaque is allowed to accumulate near the gumline. Flossing and brushing daily can remove plaque and prevent debris accumulations, but inconsistent hygiene practices can lead to the proliferation of plaque and tartar. Plaque paves the way for a bacterial infection, and this begins to irritate and eat away at gum and bone tissue in the area. Over time, you may begin to notice gum pain and they may bleed when you floss and brush. Untreated, gum disease may progress further and will damage the teeth and gums comprehensively. Receiving dental treatment for gum disease can prevent the progression of the infection and may eventually reverse it. Modern gum therapy includes scaling and root planing, laser gum treatments, and antibiotics that your dentist may recommend to improve your gums’ health.

If you have questions about gum disease in Prescott, Arizona, we encourage you seek treatment today. With the right care, your smile can stay free of disease for many years to come. Dr. Paul Wulff and our caring team at Distinctive Dental Care look forward helping you on your way to optimal oral health!