When it comes to your oral health, your teeth are not the only structures at risk for decay and infection. The gums and soft tissues of the mouth that surround the teeth can also suffer damage and disease and can have painful symptoms. Periodontal, or gum, disease affects many people, often without their knowledge. Because the initial symptoms of the disease are painless, it is important to have a dental or periodontal professional examine your gums.
Our dentist, Dr. Jeff Tulett, can diagnose problems and prescribe treatments to treat gum disease. Regular visits to Hardin Family Dental can help prevent plaque build-up which is the cause of gum disease. If plaque and tarter are not removed, the result can be gum irritation and inflammation which is known as gingivitis. This condition can lead to periodontitis. At this stage the pain and irritation increase. The gums can bleed and start to recede. This condition can cause tooth and bone loss.
Periodontal disease can be prevented and even reversed in its early stages through a combination of office cleanings and dental hygiene habits. Regular flossing and brushing keep can keep your gums healthy. If you would like to learn more about periodontal care in Hardin, Montana, schedule an appointment at 406-665-3300.