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Periodontal Therapy - Louetta, TX

Health Gums for Happy Smiles

While you may automatically picture teeth when thinking about dentistry, an equally integral part of your health is your gums. Around 80% of Americans are affected by gum disease at some point in their lives, and it can lead to serious oral and overall health problems. Thankfully, Dr. Darrick Castleberry is experienced in detecting and treating gum disease before it causes irreversible damage. Keep reading to learn more about the common signs of gum disease and how we can treat it with periodontal therapy in Louetta.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Close up of woman receiving dental checkup to prevent gum disease

While there are a handful of factors that can lead to gum disease, poor oral hygiene is easily the most common cause. When plaque isn’t cleaned from the gumline, it interacts with the bacteria in your mouth to create acid that inflames and infects your gums. If this issue isn’t treated, it can lead to serious gum damage, bone loss, and missing teeth as well as numerous overall health problems. Also, your risk of gum disease can increase due to genetics, tobacco use, and autoimmune disorders.

What are the Signs of Gum Disease?

Woman showing red gums prior to periodontal therapy

The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis. If it’s caught at this stage, it can be completely reversed through positive oral healthcare and regular dental visits. That’s why it’s important to recognize and understand these common warning signs:

The Importance of Healthy Gums

Man smiling after periodontal therapy

Gum disease can cause permanent damage to your supportive tissue, bone structure, and even tooth loss. However, the issues it can lead to unfortunately don’t stop there. Recent studies have linked gum disease to an increased risk of heart-related problems like cardiovascular disease and heart attack by 20%. It can also raise your risk of diabetes, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s, and more.

Gum Disease Therapy

At The Castleberry Center, we offer expert gum disease therapy to help our patients get their oral health back on track. Dr. Castleberry, your expert dentist in Louetta, uses a treatment called scaling and root planing (also called a deep cleaning) to treat gum disease. First, he will scale your teeth to remove any harmful plaque or bacteria that is on or beneath the gum line. After, for the root planing portion, he will reach under your gums to smooth out your tooth roots. This makes it harder for plaque and bacteria to collect under your gums. While this procedure may sound uncomfortable, we will ensure that you’re numb and relaxed before starting treatment!

Gum Disease Prevention

Thankfully, many of the issues discussed above can be completely avoided. Your everyday brushing and flossing routine is your primary defense against gum disease, but you can also add a nonalcoholic mouthwash for extra protection. Additionally, you should visit our dental office for routine checkups and cleanings to ensure that warning signs of gum disease are caught early. You can also avoid activities that increase your risk of gum disease like tobacco use and heavy consumption of alcohol.

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