While there are plenty of commercial products such as toothpaste, mouthwash and floss that claim to combat gum disease, they are not all created equal. Professional dental care is the best way to combat gum disease and keep your mouth healthy.

The health risks of gum disease are so severe that here at Smiles Family Dental, Dr. Angelie Zamora and Dr. Rebecca Kim have not only mastered the traditional means to treat gum disease, but they are also certified in the latest laser dentistry techniques. We are excited to share their benefits with you! Call 972-444-9337 today to schedule an appointment with our dentists and learn more about gum disease treatment in Irving, Texas.

How Does Gum Disease Occur?

Gum disease, commonly called gingivitis, is an inflammation of the gums. The main cause of this inflammation is harmful bacteria that has built up in the sulcus, a small space underneath your gumline where the tooth connects to the soft tissue. Plaque, which is a thin film of bacteria, often builds up in this area.

If plaque is left unchecked long enough, the inflamed gums can become infected, which leads to periodontitis, an alarming condition that puts not only your dental health in danger but also increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

One of the major concerns about gum disease is the fact that many do not even realize they have it until it becomes a major problem. When you know the symptoms, it is much easier to track your own dental health. The following are clues that may indicate you are suffering from gingivitis:

  • Gums that are red, tender, or swollen.
  • Excessive bleeding of the gums after brushing or flossing.
  • A receding gum line that exposes the base of your teeth.
  • Dental discomfort or pain while chewing.
  • A change in the sensitivity of your teeth.
  • A noticeable change in your bite.
  • Loose teeth.

If you are experiencing one or more of the conditions above, you are likely suffering from gingivitis. Treating gum disease as quickly as possible drastically increases your chances of avoiding infection. Be proactive in your dental health and contact our office today.

What Are the Health Risks of Gum Disease?

Noticing the symptoms of gum disease gives you the opportunity to avoid the oral care crisis caused by gingivitis or periodontitis. And it certainly becomes a crisis when inflamed gums lead to infection! This infection can cause the following dental damage:

  • Tooth loss
  • Toothaches
  • Painful chewing
  • Compromised tissue in the jawbone

Beyond these direct effects, gum disease also leads you to increased risk of:

  • Bacterial infection spreading throughout your body
  • Respiratory disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Pregnancy complications

Combat Gum Disease With Laser Precision

The greatest method of combating gum disease is making sure it does not have a chance to develop, which means scheduling routine dental checkups and dental cleanings. Our practice is committed to helping every patient, including those who may already be suffering from advanced stages of gum disease.

That is why Smiles Family Dental uses the latest in dental care technology with a brilliant dental team certified in laser dentistry. With laser dentistry, we use focused wavelengths of light that eliminate infected soft tissue and remove plaque or tartar buildup.

Not only is laser dentistry less invasive than traditional treatments, but it also provides superior sterilization and reduces treatment recovery time.

Fotona Lightwalker Laser

At Smiles Family Dental, we are committed to ensuring each of our patients get exceptional dental treatment. With the Fotona Lightwalker Laser, we can offer our patients the latest and greatest dental health technology.

This advanced equipment provides comprehensive and minimally invasive periodontal therapy. In the skilled hands of our certified laser dental professionals, the benefits of this treatment include:

  • Less dental discomfort during and after a procedure
  • Reduced post treatment pain and swelling
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Fewer post-surgical complication
  • Less trauma to soft tissue when compared to traditional dental tools

Whether it is preventing gum disease with a deep cleaning or resolving the damage caused by gum disease, remember that Smiles Family Dental is ready and well-equipped to help you or your loved ones.

Contact Us To Begin Guarding Against Gum Disease

Do not put your oral health at risk by letting gum disease go undetected! Contact our office to schedule a consultation regarding your gingivitis or periodontitis treatment options. You can also contact us for preventive care like a deep cleaning.

To learn more about the benefits of routine and general dentistry, click here. If you want to get more information on laser dentistry, follow this link.