Oral health is about more than teeth. In fact, gum disease is one of the most common preventable diseases. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) reports that periodontal disease affects about half of adults aged 30 and over, and more than 70 percent of those over the age of 65. While you might not even notice the early symptoms, gum disease poses a serious risk to your oral and overall health. That is why we prioritize prevention and treatment here at Elite Smiles of Pflugerville.
Gum (or periodontal) disease is a common oral health condition affecting the tissues surrounding your teeth. It's caused by the buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to gum inflammation, bleeding, bad breath, and even tooth loss. However, with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, gum disease is preventable and manageable.
Dr. Sharma and the Elite Smiles of Pflugerville team are committed to changing lives, one healthy smile at a time. We believe that every man, woman, and child deserves to have the highest quality of dental care, and we strive to provide just that. With services ranging from preventive to restorative, you can count on us to deliver the care you need in one convenient location.
Gum disease prevention is one of the many reasons preventive care is so very important. It begins with a minor gum infection, which your dentist or hygienist can easily recognize. For the mildest form of gum disease (gingivitis), treatment is minimal. Deep cleaning and diligent oral hygiene may be enough. Severe gum disease (periodontitis) can be more challenging, as the gums detach from teeth creating deep pockets that need to be disinfected. Without treatment, gum disease can cause irreversible damage to teeth, gums, bone, and the periodontal ligament, potentially resulting in tooth loss.
Get started today. The best time to start taking care of your gums is now. If you don’t have gum disease, regular dental visits may help you avoid it. If it has already set in, we can begin treatment before any further damage occurs. Call us for an appointment.