Gum Disease in Colorado Springs, CO
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Every time you come to our office, we’re going to look for any signs of gum disease. You can spot these signs at home too:
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What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup along the gum line. Plaque buildup occurs from food or beverages that get caught between the teeth. The foods or beverages that get stuck between the teeth feed plaque bacteria, and the plaque makes the gums inflamed. This inflammation is the start of gum disease.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
There are five stages of gum disease; and with each stage, the severity increases. Stage 1 is quite mild, and stage 5 is severe. At stage 1, you may be experiencing bleeding gums when you brush or floss. Your gums may also look red or swollen.
In order to treat these symptoms, we could prescribe brushing and flossing more frequently and a medicated rinse to help kill the bacteria causing the infection. We will also carry out oral cleaning and root planing if required.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs when the gums become inflamed and infected. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by bacteria and plaque buildup. The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your Dentist Colorado Springs CO for regular checkups.
Who Is at Risk for Gum Disease?
The short answer is everyone. But, there are certain factors that put some people at higher risk for gum disease.
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Dr. Scott R. Hill
Dr. Scott Hill completed his bachelor’s degree at Utah State University and then received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 2014. After serving as an associate dentist in Ohio, he then selected Colorado Springs as the right location to settle his family.
Dr. Gregory B. Moore
Upon graduation from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1985, Dr. Moore entered a one-year General Practice Residency at Fort Carson. The US Army then sent him to Stuttgart, Germany for four years. After leaving the Army in August of 1990, Dr. Moore purchased an existing practice in Colorado Springs, and has practiced here ever since.
Dr. Crystal Umphlett
Dr. Crystal Umphlett completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2015. She returned to her hometown of Cody, WY and worked for her childhood dentist as an associate for 3 years. In 2018, she relocated to Santa Fe and continued working as an associate before finding her home in Colorado Springs in 2019.
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