When plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they create an environment that is ideal for bacteria to thrive. These bacteria can irritate the gums, which can eventually cause bleeding. Bleeding gums is an early sign of the beginning stage of gum disease, called gingivitis. Gingivitis is a reversible disease, which means that with professional cleanings at Hatfield Cosmetic & Family Dentist and proper home care, it can be treated. If not promptly treated, it can progress to periodontitis, which is not curable but can be maintained. For this reason, we offer the following periodontal services:
Periodontal disease is a condition that can be characterized by the formation of periodontal pockets. These pockets provide more breeding space for bacteria, which will only worsen if left untreated. Regular brushing and flossing will not reach these areas, and bacteria will continue to cause damage. When the damage reaches the jawbone and structural bone support of the teeth, the damage will attack the bone and cause bone loss. Unfortunately, the problem often goes noticed by patients until it is severe. As a result, bone damage is irreversible.
The good news, however, is that the progression of periodontitis can be stopped with proper treatment if it is diagnosed in time. With our periodontics in Greer, South Carolina, our dentist can remove the bacteria from the pockets and provide an environment that encourages healing to occur. For periodontal therapy that you can trust, call 864-968-8811 and organize a time to visit with Dr. LeeAnn Hatfield.