Periodontal (Gum) Care in Yuma, AZ

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious diseases that result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost. Research has shown there is a link between oral inflammation and systemic inflammation and that oral bacteria and infection may be linked to heart attack or stroke.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Gum Disease?

Our mouths are full of bacteria (tiny bugs). These bacteria, along with other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless ‘plaque’ on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form bacteria-harboring ‘tartar’ that brushing doesn’t clean. During the hygiene visit, our dental hygienist will remove these harmful tartar deposits. Periodic examinations by the dentist are an important factor in preventing gum disease.

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?

Healthy gums are firm and pink. When plaque builds up, healthy gums tend to swell and become a darker red; this condition is known as gingivitis. If the plaque extends below the gum line, the gingivitis can deteriorate into a condition known as periodontitis. This is an inflammation that can erode the ligament and bone beneath the gums creating deep pockets that foster the growth of destructive bacteria.

How is Gum Disease Treated?

Traditional treatment for gum disease includes root planing (deep cleaning of the bacteria-filled pockets) and/or antibiotics. In advanced cases, surgery may be necessary.

What Can I Do To Prevent Gum Disease?

  • Brush your teeth twice a day (with a fluoride toothpaste)
  • Floss every day
  • Visit the dentist every 4-6 months
  • Don’t use tobacco products

What Should I Do If I Suspect I Might Have Gum Disease?

Contact Dental Clinic of Yuma as soon as possible. We are committed to providing our patients optimal oral health care. That’s why regular examinations are critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Gum disease can be easily prevented through good oral hygiene. We can customize a homecare program that can meet your individual needs for optimal oral health care.