Gum disease is a common oral health concern, affecting as many as half the population of the U.S. If left untreated, gum disease can have serious consequences, including tooth loss. With state-of-the-art care, your Greensboro NC dentist can prevent, detect and treat gum disease, keeping your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. At the office of Chad Merrell, DDS, we address gum disease at its earliest detection, for the most straightforward and effective course of treatment.
Visiting your Greensboro NC dentist for periodic checkups, and maintaining a daily oral hygiene regimen at home are important steps for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film that gathers continuously in the mouth, harboring bacteria that feed on sugar. When plaque accumulates below the gum line, it causes the soft tissues and supporting structures of the teeth to become infected and inflamed. Routine teeth cleanings, as well as brushing and flossing, help to manage the accumulation of plaque and prevent its detrimental effects. A periodic checkup also allows your dentist to examine your teeth and gums, using diagnostic films, as needed, to detect gum disease in its earliest stages. The first phase of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis, which may be reversed with periodontal cleanings and improved oral hygiene. Your dentist may recommend scaling, a process that cleans plaque and tartar from underneath the gum line, and root planing, to smooth the rough root surfaces of teeth, preventing plaque from gathering in the crevices. Early intervention prevents gum disease from progressing to its more advanced stages.
At the office of Chad Merrell, DDS, we provide comprehensive preventive care to help you enjoy a lifetime of optimal oral health. Your compassionate Greensboro NC dentist and professional staff keep you comfortable, informed and relaxed every time you come in for a visit. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.