Though perfect teeth are at the center of every smile, healthy gums are just as important. Gum tissue supports teeth and holds them in place, which is why Cincinnati dentists Dr. Tara and Dr. Gary Hardin offer a range of treatments to help our patients prevent and fight gum disease.
Gum disease can negatively impact your smile and overall health if left untreated. Call Hardin Advanced Dentistry today at (513) 234-5531 to find out how our Cincinnati dentists can help. Our office is conveniently located in Mason, Ohio, and we serve patients visiting from Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky, too.
Gum Disease Defined
In its earliest stages gum disease is known as gingivitis. The condition occurs when bacteria builds up in the mouth, attacking teeth and gum tissue. Symptoms might include:
- Bleeding from the gums, especially after brushing or flossing your teeth
- Swelling along the gum line
If gingivitis isn’t treated, the gums can begin separating from the teeth, leaving spaces where bacteria can begin eating away at exposed tooth roots and supporting bone structure. This is called periodontitis, and it poses a serious risk to oral health.
Poor oral hygiene and bad habits like smoking are usually the cause of gum disease, but there are other contributing factors. Women who are pregnant or experiencing other hormonal changes, for example, are at a higher risk for gum disease.
Gum Disease Diagnosis
Our Cincinnati dentists believe that preventative care is critical to maintaining good dental health. During your regularly scheduled checkups, Dr. Tara or Dr. Gary will check for signs of gum disease like:
- Pockets of accumulated plaque on teeth and at the gum line
- Gums that bleed easily during the exam
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Spaces forming between teeth and gum tissue
In addition to visual inspection, we might take X-rays of your mouth to check for signs of bone loss in the jaw.
Gum Disease Treatment
Prevention is the best treatment for any dental health condition – daily flossing, brushing multiple times a day, and a healthy diet can all reduce your risk for gum disease. However, studies show that approximately 30% of the U.S. population is susceptible to this condition.
Hardin Advanced Dentistry is one of the few dental clinics in the United States certified to provide gum treatment with the Oravital® system. If Dr. Tara detects the presence of germs that cause gum disease or bad breath, she might recommend using Oravital® mouth rinse to clear your mouth of harmful bacteria that puts you at risk for infection.
For patients unable to prevent gum disease, our Cincinnati dentists can provide treatment such as:
- Scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning teeth below the gum line
- Laser treatment to remove bacteria from pockets separating gum tissue from the teeth
- Some patients might benefit from soft tissue-friendly gels and toothpastes developed by PerioSciences
In extreme cases, surgical intervention might be the most appropriate treatment for severe gum disease. With our emphasis on preventative care and advanced technology and techniques, Dr. Gary and Dr. Tara will make every effort to help decrease your risk of gum disease and treat it in the early stages.
If your gums are showing signs of redness or inflammation, contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry online as soon as possible. You can also call (513) 234-5531 to schedule an appointment to discuss your gum health with one of our dentists. Dr. Tara and Dr. Gary serve patients throughout the Greater Cincinnati, Mason, and Dayton areas of Ohio, along with Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.