Periodontal Treatment in Boise
Do your gums appear red or irritated? Do you struggle with bad breath even after brushing and using mouth wash? Do you notice blood in the sink during brushing or flossing your teeth? Did you know these are all signs and symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease?
At Ackerman Family Dentistry, we take the health of your gums very seriously since they are the foundation for supporting your teeth. Your gums protect your teeth, and if they are not healthy, your teeth are also at risk.
Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth, and it actually impacts nearly half of American adults over the age of thirty in some form. Gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
The good news is that your team at Ackerman Family Dentistry can help you prevent gum disease from happening in the first place, or help you successfully manage your condition if it does develop.
The Stages of Gum Disease in Boise
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. In this stage, you may or may not have symptoms. If you do, you might notice bleeding or inflamed gums, or chronic bad breath.
This is the best time to contact your dentist in Boise to schedule an examination. Dr. Daniel or Dr. Robert can detect gum disease early on, and they screen you for it at every six-month exam.
When you detect gingivitis early, you can successfully manage your condition and possibly even reverse it with improvements to your home care and a thorough professional cleaning with our hygienist.
Advanced gum disease is known as periodontitis. In this stage, you may begin to feel your teeth becoming mobile, or notice that your gums are receding.
Periodontitis requires a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing to remove the plaque and tartar buildup from below your gum line that is causing your infection. Our dentists may also recommend antibiotic therapy to help combat your infection. With additional teeth cleanings throughout the year, we can help you keep gum disease under control.
Gum Disease and Your Overall Health
Gum disease not only destroys the support system for your teeth, but it also impacts your overall health. Since bacteria can enter the bloodstream, scientists have linked gum disease has with other chronic health concerns like:
- Heart disease
- Complications during pregnancy
Consistent visits with your team at Ackerman Family Dentistry every six months for preventive cleanings and checkups are your best defense against gum disease.
If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, or if you’re noticing symptoms of gingivitis, contact our Boise dental office today at (208) 376-7954 to schedule a dental appointment.