Knoxville dentist describes causes for gum disease
A condition that can develop within the smile and have a negative impact is gum disease. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection that starts with the gum tissues but can spread rapidly within the mouth. The bacteria that causes the infection can enter the bloodstream, carrying inflammation elsewhere in the body. This puts patients at risk for a myriad of medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.
Avoiding gum disease is important. Once it develops, it is only controllable, not curable. This means that the smile must be given frequent attention to ensure the condition is stabilized and patients are not letting it progress to the point of harming the smile. The team at Sequoyah Dental Arts works closely with patients to make sure they enjoy preventative services such as cleanings and examinations to reduce the chances of development. We educate patients on how to care for their smiles to keep plaque and tartar from forming. Removing food particles also reduces acids which contribute to the development of cavities.
The primary cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. When the smile is not cared for, many issues may develop other than just periodontal disease. Tooth decay can occur, causing damage to the structure of natural teeth. If left untreated, tooth decay can infect the inner portion of the tooth called the dental pulp. This may require root canal therapy to address, or worse, extraction of the tooth. Gum disease and tooth decay can cause permanent damage to the gum tissues, natural teeth, and even the bone of the jaw.
The dental team of Sequoyah Dental Arts has the health and wellness of patients at the forefront of their minds. They provide preventative care including thorough cleanings, physical examinations, and x-rays used to provide early detection of decay or disease. With this caring team of professionals, patients in the Knoxville area can enjoy quality, comprehensive dental care and more beautiful smiles! Contact us at 865 973-9899 today and make an appointment for a consultation visit.