Drs. Monroe and Monroe put great emphasis on the importance of maintaining dental health with routine preventive care and good oral hygiene. This is also a factor in gum health: healthy gums are the foundation for healthy teeth and a functional smile.
Gum disease affects approximately 75% of the adult population, many of whom are unaware that they have it until complex dental problems develop. During routine visits with Drs. Monroe and Monroe, patients are screened for periodontal disease in an effort to spot it in the early stage when conservative treatment options are most effective.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Some signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Sores in the mouth
Treatment for Gum Disease
Drs. Monroe and Monroe offer periodontal therapy for the various stages of gum disease to help patients restore gum health and support healthy teeth.
For patients with early stage gum disease, known as gingivitis, an intense cleaning or procedure called scaling and root planing may be recommended. This procedure removes tartar from the gum line, tooth roots and deep pockets of the gums. For more advanced cases of gum disease, or periodontitis, Dr. Clement Monroe or Dr. Kamron Monroe may recommend referral to a local specialist for additional treatment or gum surgery.
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults and prompt, effective treatment is vital to restoring oral health and preventing complex dental problems. Routine dental care provides Drs. Monroe and Monroe and their staff the opportunity to monitor your gum health and spot any signs of disease early.