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Gum Disease Therapy

Serving Dallas, Arlington, Mesquite, Grapevine & Fort Worth

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Gum disease is an incredibly common problem that affects around 80% of the population at some point in their lives. While this disease can cause serious damage, it is completely preventable through a good oral healthcare routine. At Bear Creek Dentistry, we offer gum disease therapy to keep our patients healthy and prevent the effects that this issue can cause. Read on to learn more about gum disease and how we can stop it in its tracks and even protect your smile for the future.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

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Gum disease can be completely reversed if it’s caught early on, which is why you should contact us right away if you notice any of these common warning signs:

  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Teeth that appear longer
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Changes in bite
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Loose teeth

If gum disease persists past its first stage, gingivitis, then it can cause permanent damage to your gum tissue and even tooth loss. That’s one of the many reasons why routine dental checkups are so important. We will check the health of your gums and clean away any plaque and bacteria that can cause disease. The rest is left up to your at-home oral healthcare routine.

Why is Gum Disease Dangerous?

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Unfortunately, painful gum tissue and potential tooth loss aren’t the only problems that gum disease can lead to. Research continues to pile up linking gum disease to increased risk of heart disease, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, and even Alzheimer’s. This may have to do with the fact that the inflammation and bacteria from untreated gum disease can eventually lead to the narrowing of important arteries in your body. So, if tooth loss wasn’t reason enough to visit our office, you should be aware of the health risks that gum disease can cause.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

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While it is beneficial to your oral and overall health to maintain a good at-home routine and attend regular checkups to prevent issues with your gums, we do offer a treatment that can reverse the earlier stages of gum disease. This service is called scaling and root planing, also sometimes called a deep cleaning.

During this procedure, we will scale your teeth, above and below your gumline to remove any harmful plaque and tartar buildup that can cause infection and disease. After, we will reach beneath your gumline to smooth out your tooth roots. This process makes it much harder for plaque to buildup under your gums in the future. If you’ve noticed any of the symptoms we’ve mentioned or haven’t had a preventive checkup in the last six months, contact our office today to receive the health care that you deserve!