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Gum Disease Treatment

Your oral health is a crucial part of your overall well-being, and gum disease is a common condition that can affect it. At True Dental in Chattanooga, Hixson, and Trenton, we’re committed to helping you achieve optimal gum health and a beautiful smile.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth, including your gums and the bones surrounding your teeth. It begins as gingivitis, an early, mild form of gum disease characterized by red, swollen gums that may bleed when you brush or floss. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into more severe forms of gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal Disease affects 2 in 5 adults of the population in the United States.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is primarily caused by plaque accumulation on your teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth when sugars and starches from food interact with the bacteria in your mouth. If plaque is not regularly removed through proper oral hygiene practices, it can harden into tartar, leading to gum inflammation and disease.

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gum recession

As the disease progresses, it can cause tooth mobility and eventual tooth loss. Regular dental check-ups are crucial for early detection and intervention.

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

How we treat gum disease depends on its severity. In the early stages (gingivitis), thorough dental cleanings and improved oral hygiene practices may be sufficient to reverse the condition. For more advanced stages (periodontitis), we may recommend treatments like scaling and root planning to remove plaque and tartar, antibiotic therapy, and, in some cases, surgical procedures to repair damaged gum and bone tissue.

Is Gum Disease Preventable?

Yes, gum disease is preventable with good oral hygiene habits. Regular brushing and flossing, routine dental check-ups, and professional cleanings at True Dental can help prevent plaque accumulation and reduce your risk of developing gum disease. Avoiding tobacco use and maintaining a balanced diet also contribute to gum health.

Do You Need Gum Disease Treatment?

At True Dental, our experienced dental team utilizes the latest technologies and techniques to diagnose and address gum disease at every stage. We understand each patient's needs are unique, and we tailor our treatment plans to ensure the best possible outcome for your oral health. Contact us today to make an appointment.

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