Over half of adults over the age of 30 in the United States suffer from some degree of gum disease. To fight back against this all-too-common, potentially serious problem, Harpreet Brar, DDS, offers full periodontal services at her practice, Healthy Smile Dental. Through preventive care, Dr. Brar helps her patients in Turlock, California, maintain great gums for long-term dental health. To enlist the help of an expert periodontist, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
There’s an old saying when it comes to your dental health: Healthy gums, healthy teeth. A periodontist such as Dr. Brar understands this better than most, which is why her mission is to help her patients fight back against gum disease. With almost 65 million Americans in some stage of gum disease, the fight is a tough one. But with great preventive care, Dr. Brar can help you avoid the serious repercussions that can stem from gum disease, including the loss of your teeth.
Gum disease is progressive and reversible if Dr. Brar is able to intervene early. Gum disease comes on slowly and progresses through different stages, including:
In its earliest stages, gum disease presents itself as gingivitis. As plaque builds up along your gumline, it can cause your gums to become inflamed. The bacteria in your plaque irritates your gums causing redness, swelling, and tenderness. If you find that your teeth are bleeding when you brush, this is a telltale sign that gingivitis has set in.
If your plaque buildup goes unchecked, it can get under your gumline, causing your gums to separate from your teeth, These pockets then invite more bacteria in, which wreak havoc on your underlying structure, causing irreversible damage to the bone and connective tissue.
At this stage, the disease has severely compromised your teeth, and they become loose and begin to shift. If you don’t take prompt action, you may lose your teeth.
Dr. Brar takes a preventive approach when it comes to gum disease by ensuring that your gumline is free from plaque buildup through regular check-ups and cleaning.
If gum disease starts to set in, she gets more aggressive in her cleaning, getting under your gumline to clean out the plaque. Depending upon how advanced your gum disease is, she can turn to a scaling procedure where she lifts your gums and scrapes your teeth, then puts your gums back into place.
Rest assured that Dr. Brar has a number of tools that help fight off unwelcome gum disease, but you can do your part by keeping up with your regular dental appointments for preventive care.
To gain the upper hand on gum disease, call Healthy Smile Dental, or request an appointment by filling out the online form.