Effects of Gum Disease in Westminster, CO

Gum Disease Can Effect More than Just Your Smile

Gum Disease is Dangerous

Many patients with gum disease are unaware that they have a serious oral health issue. The CDC reports that more than half of Americans over the age of 30 have gum disease. How many of those actually pursue treatment is still unknown, so it is important to be aware of symptoms and get treatment as early as possible.

Our dentists at Standley Shores Dental Group have extensive experience treating gum disease patients and use innovative techniques to restore gum health quickly. Delaying or neglecting treatment puts you at risk for further oral health problems, tooth loss and other health complications.

Gum Disease and Your Health

The state of your oral health is linked to your overall health and well-being. If you have an active infection in your mouth because of gum disease, there is a risk that the infection will spread to other parts of the body and can contribute to the development of:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain Cancers
  • Preterm Delivery

Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a progressive condition and it can be difficult to detect in its early stages.

Gingivitis
During the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, bacteria has begun to grow and can lead to red or swollen gums, and bleeding when brushing or flossing. If treated, gum disease is reversible during this stage.
Periodontitis
If left untreated, gingivitis will advanced to periodontitis, where permanent damage will begin. Here, the gum tissue begins to wear away and deep pockets develop around the teeth. You may notice receding gums, loose teeth or chronic bad breath.
Advanced Periodontitis
At the final stage of gum disease, the bacteria that has been allowed to flourish and will spread to the bone and tissues surrounding the teeth. This can lead to loose teeth that eventually fall out, and permanent damage.

Gum Disease Treatment Options

Our highly trained doctors use the latest techniques to treat patients with all types of oral health conditions. We offer laser gum therapy at our practice, as well as nonsurgical treatment with scaling and root planing therapy. Some advanced cases may require a gingivectomy, a more aggressive treatment for gum disease.

Do not let gum disease steal your smile! Call us today for your consultation.

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Jennifer K. Shares Her Experience

My family has been coming to Standley Shores Dental Group for about 16 years. My kids have never been afraid to come to the dentist. They've actually always looked forward to their appointments at the dentist. Before any procedure is done, the doctors or assistants always take the time to explain to the kids what they're going to be doing, so nothing is a real surprise. I would definitely recommend Standley Shores Dental to any family or person needing dental work.
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