Rancho Cucamonga dentist enhances patient wellness with treatment of gum diseaseThe mouth is truly a gateway to the body, and gum health plays a vital role in head to toe wellness. Dr. Mario Castellanos and his team at Dental Summit help patients in the Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Alta Loma, and Fontana areas enjoy improved wellness through effective treatment of gum disease.
Gum disease is seriousHundreds of strains of microscopic organisms thrive in the warm, moist environment of your mouth. Some bacteria are beneficial, while others are destructive. They feast on starch and sugar in bits of food. As they eat, they produce acids that irritate gum tissue. Signs of this early form of gum disease include:
- Puffy gums.
- Discolored gums.
- Foul breath.
- Unusual taste.
- Pink on your pillowcase, or in the skin when you brush.
At this stage, called gingivitis, the condition can be reversed. Without treatment, it progresses to periodontal disease. Gums loosen from teeth, forming pockets that allow bacterial infection to go deeper. Eventually, ligaments and bone that hold teeth in place deteriorate. Teeth become unstable and fall out or must be extracted.
Bacteria that cause gum disease travel throughout the body. They are linked to grave health problems such as increased risk of stroke and heart attack, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Restoring gum healthThe path to a healthier mouth begins with deep cleaning. Scaling and root planing remove plaque and smooths root surfaces. Diseased tissue is excised and pockets are sanitized. Treatment reduces bacterial population in the mouth and encourages gums to re-seal. Dr. Castellanos may also recommend topical or oral antibiotics to fight infection. With quarterly cleanings and good home hygiene, most cases of gum disease can be managed effectively.
Please don’t wait. Call Dental Summit in Rancho Cucamonga at (909) 787-2414 to begin a program of gum disease treatment, for improved whole-body wellness.