Gum disease occurs over time when bacteria, or plaque, build up between your teeth and gums. If the plaque is not removed during brushing or flossing, the particle can harden and turn in to tartar. Over time, plaque and tartar can become more difficult to remove at home. A professional cleaning is required for maintaining your oral health and preventing tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease from progressing. With regular brushing and flossing of your teeth, you can help prevent gum disease from occurring.
Gingivitis: If plaque and tartar is not removed, a mild form of gum disease called Gingivitis will progress, causing an inflammation of gum tissue. Your dentist would be able to properly treat gingivitis. Once treated, you can help restore your oral health with daily brushing and flossing.
Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease is an inflammation that affects and damages the gums and tooth, and if left untreated can cause the tooth to loosen or fall out. Once you have Periodontal Disease, it is not reversible, however it can be maintained with a variety of gum treatment solutions. Some of the solutions we offer to control periodontal disease include:
- Scaling & Root Planing (deep cleaning)
- Dental implants
- Arestin antibiotic placement
- Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery
- Chlorhexidine irrigation
At our office, we believe in treating the whole patient. It is important for us to help you achieve optimum oral health so that you can enjoy optimum overall health. If you suspect you have periodontal disease, be sure to not ignore it. Periodontal disease has been linked to several health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Our dentists and hygienists are trained in diagnosing and treating gum disease and can help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
For more information or if you wish to set up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Eric Henize, please feel free to contact us.