The health of your gums plays an important role in your overall dental health, as well as your physical well-being. Healthy gums will support healthy, stable teeth and serve as a protective barrier against harmful bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and lead to inflammation and disease.
Preventive dental care plays an important role in maintaining healthy gums. During routine dental visits to our Lafayette, CO dentist office, Dr. Tracey Hughes will carefully screen for signs and symptoms of gum disease. When gum disease is caught in the early stages, conservative treatment can be easy, comfortable and cost effective. It is important to treat gum disease in its early stages to prevent progression to periodontitis, which is more difficult to treat.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is a term that encompasses both gingivitis (gum disease) and periodontitis (disease of the gum, bone, and other supporting structures of the tooth). Gum disease is an an infection of the gums that hold your teeth in place due to plaque build-up that is caused by bad oral hygiene habits. Other contributing factors to gum disease may include teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, tobacco use, hormonal changes and poor nutrition. It is important to seek treatment for gum disease at our Lafayette, CO dentist office as soon as you see signs of gum disease.
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To learn more about how Dr. Hughes can treat your gum disease in the Lafayette, CO and Louisville, CO area, schedule an appointment today. Laser dentistry may be the solution to your periodontal concerns.