Gum Health

Treatment for Gum Disease

Of the many different concerns your smile can face, gum disease is one of the most serious. Despite developing in your gums instead of your teeth, severe gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. It can also be a serious risk factor in several other chronic health conditions if it isn’t treated as soon as possible. If you show signs of gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease – then we can help save you from the consequences of it becoming severe by treating and managing it professionally.

Do You Have Gingivitis?

Gingivitis isn’t always easy to detect on your own at first. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why it’s so widespread. You might mistake the early signs as nothing to be concerned about, until it progresses and those signs grow much worse. If you have gingivitis, then you may experience one or more of these symptoms:

  • Red, angry-looking areas of your gums
  • Inflammation in your gum tissues
  • Gum recession (the tissue pulling away from your teeth)
  • Chronic bad breath (halitosis)
  • Bleeding when you brush and floss
  • And more

What Gum Health Treatment Means

The oral bacteria that make up plaque and tartar are the building blocks of tooth decay, and they also lead to the development of gingivitis. Addressing the condition is similar to professionally cleaning plaque and tartar from your teeth during a checkup and cleaning. However, a periodontal cleaning involves carefully cleaning the roots of your teeth, which lie underneath your gums. It is more complex than regular cleaning. Once completed, your gums can heal and reattach to your teeth, and your gum disease will be much more easily manageable.

Give your gums the care they deserve

Keeping your gums healthy is paramount to keeping your smile healthy and preserving your natural smile for life. To find out if you need treatment for your gums, schedule a free consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659. We also serve patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.