FAQS: Gum Health

Teeth whitening, Bay City, MI The health of your gums is important to the overall health of your teeth. Most patients neglect their gums in their oral hygiene routine, which can lead to complex dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Bay City dentist Dr. Daryle Mahnke strives to provide patients with the information they need to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. At Bay City Smiles, we offer a full range of service to help prevent and treat gum disease. We understand that your oral health is important, and make great strides to provide personalized, comprehensive dental treatment to help improve your smile.

Gum Health

What is gum disease? Gum disease is an infection of the connective tissue surrounding your teeth. It can cause dental issues like missing teeth and halitosis, so it is important to get your teeth checked regularly by Dr. Mahnke to help catch signs of gum disease early and develop a treatment to help restore the health of your teeth.

What are the symptoms of gum disease? The symptoms of gum disease can vary. For some patients, they may not exhibit any symptoms of gums disease, which is why it is important to visit our Bay City dental office for preventive care visits to determine if you have developed gum disease. Other patients, do exhibit signs of gum disease, which can range from:

  • Swollen gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Change in the fit of dentures

What causes gum disease? Gum disease can develop over time and some patients don’t even realize it. It is important to know how gum disease can develop so that you can limit your risk.  Gum disease can possibly develop due to factors like smoking, genetics, improper oral hygiene, and certain medications. Practicing an excellent oral hygiene routine can minimize your chances of developing gum disease. Once plaque develops, it can wreak havoc on your oral health and cause gingivitis, which can lead to more advanced stages of gum disease.

How do I treat gum disease? Dr. Mahnke offers a variety of dental service to treat gum disease.  Depending on the severity or the progression of your gum disease, Dr. Mahnke offers a number of dental services:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Flap surgery
  • Bone grafts
  • Soft tissue grafts
  • Guided tissue regenerations
  • Bone surgery

Schedule A Consultation

Looking for an experienced dentist in Bay City, MI? Feel free to visit Bay City Smiles. Dr. Mahnke would be happy to thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth, and gums and determine what treatment is right for you. You can schedule an appointment online or call 989.272.2478