When people think about oral health, most of the time they only consider their teeth. Do you have cavities? Are your teeth white? Are your teeth straight? These are all important areas to consider for good oral health, but there is a very important piece of the oral health puzzle that not many people know about: the gums. Dr. Charles F. Betts, Jr., D.M.D. Family Dentistry offers gum disease treatment in Decatur, AL.
The health of your gums is crucial to the health of your teeth and the overall health of your mouth. According to a recent CDC study, more than 47 percent of adults over 30 years of age have some form of gum disease. This number skyrockets to more than 70 percent of adults over 65. These numbers are staggering, but most people who have gum disease don’t even know they have it.
Gum disease or periodontal disease is rampant in our society so it's a top priority at our practice to identify, diagnose, treat, and manage gum disease. We do that with some special cleaning measures and techniques for patients to use to take care of things at home because a large portion of taking care of gum disease is what you do at home, not just what we would do in the office. What people need to understand is that gum disease is not an isolated thing. It is something that interacts with other parts of your body, and as the years go by, we find out more and more how inflammation in the mouth can be related to health problems other places in the body. It's very important to keep that under control. There's nothing better than someone coming in with an unhealthy mouth and us able to successfully treat them and send them home with a healthy smile.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the inflammation and infection of your gums. You develop gum disease because of bacteria buildup created by tartar and plaque around your gumline. Plaque can also get underneath your gumline. In the beginning stages, it can be hard for you to spot, but if left untreated, it can destroy your smile. Get gum disease treatment in Decatur, AL as soon as you can.
The beginning stages of gum disease are:
The later stages may include:
Educating our patients about what gum disease is and how to prevent it with our gum disease treatment in Decatur, AL is one of the primary ways we help our patients. Prevention is always easier than treatment. In addition to patient education, Dr. Betts has effective options for gum disease treatment. These include:
Scaling and Root Planing – Dr. Betts will use a local anesthetic to numb the area that he is working on. He will then go in and remove the plaque from around and under your gumline (scaling). This will clear much of the disease-causing bacteria from your mouth. The second part of this treatment is called root planing. Dr. Betts will smooth the rough areas on your tooth roots to get rid of even more disease-causing bacteria. This makes the area conducive to new gum growth, a necessary part of the healing process.
Antibiotics – Dr. Betts may prescribe an antibiotic to help with the infection. Antibiotics are effective in helping eliminate the bacterial infection behind gum disease. Dr. Betts in Decatur, AL may suggest scaling and root planing along with antibiotics to work in tandem to cure your infection.
We now know that periodontal disease is also very strongly linked to other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and even complications of pregnancy. It’s not just about teeth: oral health strongly affects overall health. Call Dr. Betts today to schedule your appointment. You can reach our office at 256-274-8680. If you would like to request an appointment online or if you have a question, we encourage you to use our online form. A member of our staff will reach out as soon as possible.