Gum care is an important factor in oral and overall health. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications. Gum disease is the # 1 cause of tooth loss among American adults, with estimates reporting that up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form. Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque, the sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not removed through daily brushing and flossing, plaque can build up and lead to the infection of your gums and teeth.
Seventy percent of adult tooth loss is attributed to gum disease. Recent research shows a link between patients who have gum disease and those who suffer from strokes, heart attacks, or complications with diabetes or pregnancy. Gum disease is silent in that early symptoms may be painless and mild, like swollen gums or bleeding while brushing. Regular dental checkups are vital because a professional can detect, treat, and reverse gum disease in early stages before major problems arise.
Treating Gum Disease
Your stage of your gum disease will determine the level of treatment necessary. In order to decide the best options for your personal needs, Dr. Radz will first need to perform an extensive evaluation of your mouth, teeth and gums to develop a plan.
Common Gum Disease Treatments:
Non-Surgical Treatments– Dr. Radz believes that periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner possible. This is often accomplished by non-surgical treatments including scaling and root planing, a cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. An adjunctive option to scaling and root planing may be provided in either pill form or applied directly to the infected area (gum pocket) in the form of antibiotic powder. In the event that non-surgical therapy does not achieve the desired results, surgery may be necessary to restore the gums that have been damaged by periodontal disease.
Advanced Periodontal Treatments– If Dr. Radz determines that the use of non-surgical treatments cannot repair your gums periodontal surgery may be recommended.
Maintaining Good Periodontal Health
Regular dental visits at least every six months allow us to keep a watchful eye on the health of your gums. You should also brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use good mouth rinses at home. We will recommend the products that will optimize your oral homecare, and we can also show you the best methods for brushing and flossing. If you have overcome periodontal disease, we will recommend frequent checkups to ensure your mouth stays healthy for a lifetime.
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