Periodontal (Gum) Treatments in Humble, TX

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 47 percent of US adults have some level of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, periodontal disease can result in tooth loss.

However, it is highly preventable with proper home care and professional dental cleanings. This is why we focus on prevention and early treatment when we notice warning signs, which include:

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  • Gum recession
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth mobility
  • Pain when cleaning teeth
  • Red, swollen gums

Research has shown a connection between oral health and systemic health, and our goal is to help patients become healthier overall.

Periodontal disease has been linked to:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Certain types of cancers
  • Alzheimer's disease

Treatment for gum disease improves your oral health and supports optimum overall health.

Early Gum Disease (Gingivitis)

If your dentist discovers gum disease early in the gingivitis stage, it is much easier to treat and reverse compared with periodontitis. However, gingivitis symptoms can be subtle, so it is important to visit your dentist for checkups and an early diagnosis. 

Additionally, if you notice oral health changes between your six-month checkup and cleaning, including bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, reach out to our dental team for a gingivitis consultation. 

Diagnosing Periodontal Disease

Treatment depends on how advanced the infection in your gums has become. We provide a complete periodontal evaluation in Humble, TX for each patient in our practice.

Our hygienist will measure the pockets between your teeth and gums. Healthy gums hug the teeth snugly, which prevents food particles and bacteria from collecting beneath the gums. As an infection develops, the gums become inflamed and pull away from the teeth. This creates a prime situation for bacteria and food to further irritate gum tissue. Soon, an infection develops that will damage tissues and cause your bone to deteriorate, destabilizing the very foundation of your teeth.

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We treat gum disease with a specialized dental cleaning in Humble, TX. Comfort is always one of our top priorities, and we use a topical anesthetic to manage discomfort. Our hygienist will remove the plaque and bacteria above and below the gumline. In some cases, placing a location-specific antibiotic that will assist with healing.

Part of periodontal treatment can also include root planing and scaling. For this treatment, we numb the area and gently reshape the tooth roots, removing plaque and bacteria and creating clear margins to encourage your gums to better adhere to your teeth. 

Good Home Care

To keep your oral health on track, good home care in between dental cleanings is essential. This requires a commitment on your part:

  • Brushing teeth twice daily using proper techniques
  • Flossing each tooth – both sides and behind back teeth
  • Rinsing with antibiotic rinses recommended by Dr. Appel
  • Keeping the tongue clear of bacteria by brushing or scraping

A healthy diet will also support good gum health. We are happy to discuss all the ways you can have healthy gums, fresh breath, and a smile you feel proud of.

Contact Us for Periodontal Treatment in Humble, TX

Give us a call and take the first step toward a healthy smile. And don't forget to ask a team member about our Membership Plan and how it might save you money on your dental care.

We proudly treat gum disease in all areas, including Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Porter, Ramblewood, Moonshine Hill, Bordersville, and Kenswick.