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Attain Periodontal Health in Oklahoma City

People are often motivated to maintain their oral health for the benefits of an attractive smile. Teeth that are clean and bright are flattering, but it is just as important to take care of the  surrounding tissues as well. If gums are neglected, then beautiful smiles are placed in jeopardy. In fact, the well-being of gums also affects a person’s overall health. 

Healthy gums are foundational to optimal oral health, and Danner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provides excellent periodontal care. Serving people in Oklahoma City, Dr. J. Russell Danner preserves beautiful smiles with preventive periodontal treatments. 

Gum Disease: Causes and Treatments at Danner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Gum disease is caused by bacteria. As bacteria consume the sugars left in the mouth, they emit an acidic substance that causes tooth decay and inflammation in the gums. People who notice swollen, red, or bleeding gums may have an early form of gum disease called gingivitis. If treated, gingivitis can be reversed. Brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings can help eliminate gingivitis.

Dental hygiene visits are very important to the maintenance of healthy gums. Bacteria create a harmful substance that sticks to teeth called plaque. Plaque can calcify into a stubborn substance called tartar that requires the specialized tools of a dental professional to remove. 

Cleaning treatments allow professionals to clean deeper than at-home methods. A procedure called tooth scaling and root planing is frequently recommended. The dental professional removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and then smooths the surface of the tooth root so the gums can reattach. This prevents the advancement of gum disease that causes tooth loss. 

If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a serious infection of the gums, where plaque and tartar have caused gums to recede and detach from teeth. Pockets full of bacteria in the sockets of teeth begin to form, and teeth can become loose. Additional treatments may be recommended by Dr. Danner, such as topical antibiotics or gum surgery to access and disinfect the affected gum tissue.  Eventual tooth loss may be prevented with these methods of treatment. 

Dr. Danner Protects Gums for the Overall Health of Patients

The plaque that builds up in your mouth is the same found in arterial walls, which presents a concern for the cardiovascular heath of those with gum disease. There are also correlations between gum disease and arthritis, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Oral bacteria can create inflammation throughout the body, and this can contribute to many other health risks. 

Call Dr. J. Russell Danner in Oklahoma to Keep Gums Healthy and Smiles Strong 

Give Danner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry a call today to ensure the health of your gums, teeth, and body. Dr. J. Russell Danner provides outstanding care using the latest technology to give you thorough and effective dental care. His gentle and compassionate manner is well-known to patients throughout Oklahoma City. 

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