Periodontal Therapy An Overview
Dr. Tracey Hughes is committed to both patient education and comprehensive care when it comes to gum health. Boulder Valley Dental Center offers screening, diagnosis and treatment for all stages of gum disease with an emphasis on disease prevention through routine dental care.
The gums provide more than aesthetics for your smile- they serve to support the teeth and create a barrier for harmful bacteria, keeping it from entering the bloodstream. Dr. Hughes and your dental hygienist perform a thorough screening for the early signs of gum disease during your routine preventive care visits. Coming in twice a year can go a long way towards keeping your smile healthy and avoiding many common dental problems from becoming complex concerns.
Gum Disease: Understanding Each Stage
Periodontal disease has two distinct stages, each with varying degrees of severity and a range of possible symptoms.
- Gingivitis: early stage gum disease often characterized by red, swollen or bleeding gums that may be more sensitive.
- Periodontitis: advanced gum disease can lead to receding gums, shifting or loose teeth and even tooth loss.
There are many risk factors for gum disease, some of which can be controlled through lifestyle changes and awareness. Dr. Hughes will discuss your medical history, lifestyle habits and other possible risk factors to provide individualized recommendations for keeping your smile as healthy as possible between visits.