Your gums are central to your overall oral and dental health, and Dr. Ryan Mooney can help you have healthier gums. As part of our complete dental services, we provide periodontal services in San Antonio, Texas to treat gum disease and strengthen gums.
How Does Gingivitis Develop?
Inflamed or irritated gums, referred to as gingivitis, are often cause by poor oral hygiene habits. Without regular brushing and flossing, plaque builds up on teeth and can even get trapped below the gumline. Plaque, bacteria that sticks to teeth, will break down sugars and carbohydrates that come from the foods you eat, and produce acidic waste. These acids wear down both the enamel of teeth and cause tooth decay, but are also damaging to gums and soft tissue in the mouth, as well. This damage can be detected by a number of symptoms:
- Red gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Painful or tender gums
- Receding gum line
What’s the Best Way to Treat Gingivitis?
Damage caused by gingivitis can often be healed and reversed through proper oral and dental care. If you have signs of gum disease, Dr. Mooney can assess your gum health and develop a gum treatment plan. Often, special dental cleanings and laser dentistry can help to remove plaque and tartar to allow gums to heal.
The best way to treat gum disease, however, is simply to prevent it altogether. Developing good oral hygiene habits, which should include brushing 2-3 times and flossing daily, is the most important factor in keeping gums healthy. Using antiseptic mouthwashes to kill bacteria can also keep the level or oral bacteria under control.
Call Dr. Mooney today to get your gums the attention and treatment they need.