Your gums are a major contributor to your oral health, for better or for worse. Flores Dental Care wants to help you maintain healthy gums and a healthy smile with both preventive and restorative treatments. If you suffer from periodontal, or gum, disease in Mission, Texas, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez Flores is equipped to help you get the treatment you need. We invite you to schedule an appointment with our dentist today by contacting our office at 956-583-0055. Se habla español.
Your gums play a vital role in your oral and overall health. When you take care of your gums, you can avoid many problems; however, not caring for your gums can lead to severe permanent damage to your smile and your health. If you neglect to care for your gums, odds are you will develop gingivitis or gum disease, among other things.
Gingivitis is the beginning stages of gum, or periodontal, disease. Symptoms of gingivitis include swollen, red, and bleeding gums that are often sensitive to touch. Oftentimes, these symptoms can be very subtle and difficult. That is why it is important to maintain healthy dental hygiene habits and visit your dentist regularly; doing so can help our dentists catch any signs of gingivitis early on. If gingivitis is not caught, however, and it continues to develop, it will turn into the more serious condition of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease, or periodontitis, is when gingivitis spreads and becomes an infection inside your gums. The gums will become more inflamed and irritable, and they will begin to separate from the teeth. When this happens, pockets begin to form and collect plaque and bacteria that feed the infection. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to permanent damage of the jawbone, gums, and teeth.
Although gingivitis and periodontal disease are serious conditions, there are treatments to maintain and sometimes reverse the affects. Our dentist will evaluate your oral health to determine which treatment best meets your needs. For more information, we welcome you to call or visit our practice today.