Gum disease is preventable and treatable. Call our office if you are experiencing symptoms.

Your gums play an important role in your dental health, and for that matter, your general health. Although it may look as if the main purpose of your gums is to provide a home for your teeth, your gums actually protect your body from the bacteria that is constantly forming in your mouth. Because of that Dr. Noelle McKenney offers gum disease treatments in Prescott, Arizona.

 womans mouth with gum diseaseThe primary cause of gum disease is the accumulation of plaque on your teeth. When plaque builds up, your gums respond by swelling, which permits the plaque to work its way below the gum line. If left untreated, you gum disease can result in lost teeth and loss of mass in your jaw. Gum disease has also been linked to cardiovascular issues and respiratory problems. Gum disease can also create complications for people living with diabetes. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen or tender gums or gums that bleed when you brush or floss. Healthy gums are pink, and if your gums have turned red or are starting to show traces of blue, you should contact our office for an appointment.

Depending on the stage of your gum disease, the [dr_name] may recommend an improved oral hygiene regimen or changes to your lifestyle. You may need a deep cleaning, an antibiotic treatment, or surgery.

Gum disease can be prevented by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. Those visits can also give your dentist the opportunity to spot and treat gum disease in it’s earliest stages. If you have notice the signs of gum disease, we will be happy to help. Call 928-778-7410 today to schedule your appointment.