Periodontal (Gum) Care in Fort Smith
Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. The infection starts when the gums become inflamed due to the bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth.
Risk Factors Leading to Gum Disease
- Chewing tobacco
- Poor nutrition
Types of Gum Disease
- Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease, causing the gums to become red and swollen and to bleed easily. There is very little or no discomfort associated with this stage of the disease. With good oral hygiene, you can reverse the results of gingivitis.
- Aggressive periodontitis displays rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in clinically healthy patients.
- Chronic periodontitis is one of the most common forms of periodontal disease and is frequently seen in adults. The stages progress slowly and can be recognized by gum recession and pocket formation.
Preventing Gum Disease
Daily brushing and flossing can keep plaque to a minimum. Be sure to come in for a professional teeth cleaning every six months to prevent gum disease.
Treating Gum Disease
Our team performs many procedures to treat gum disease. Don’t wait! Contact us to schedule a consultation today. Our periodontics patients come to us from Greenwood, Sallisaw, Van Buren, Alma and Fort Smith, Arkansas. Call us at (479) 785-1419 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.