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Periodontic Gum Therapy

Periodontics is the care and treatment of the gums and tissues that surround the teeth. Gum disease is a very common problem; in fact, most people experience at least a mild form of gum disease at some time in their life. That’s why regular dental exams as well as good oral hygiene practices at home are necessary to keep your gums and teeth in good condition.

The simple form of gum disease is called gingivitis. This is an inflammation of the gums that is caused the buildup of plaque, a sticky film that grows when sugars feed on bacteria. Cleaning your teeth and gums thoroughly can eliminate most excess sugar and prevent the buildup of plaque. It is important to not only brush your teeth but to floss as well, to remove food particles that get trapped between teeth. You should also brush your tongue because bacteria can grow there too.

Even when you practice good oral hygiene, you can miss areas of your mouth and plaque can still form. Regular dental exams that include routine cleanings can help. Some people still get gingivitis despite regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings. This is because gingivitis can be inherited, caused by illness or it can be a side effect of certain medications.

If you have gingivitis, the dentist may notice symptoms before you do. In its early stages, gingivitis can be easily reversed with a professional cleaning. If gingivitis is not reversed, the plaque can harden to tartar and spread below the gum line. At this stage gum disease is called periodontitis, and it requires a deep cleaning procedure. A deep cleaning, also called scaling, goes below the gumline, and then the roots are planed or smoothed to prevent reinfection and promote healing.

With regular dental exams twice a year, serious gum disease can be prevented. When gum disease is allowed to continue, it can eventually require gum surgery to cure. Left untreated, periodontitis can cause your teeth to separate from the gums and eventually your teeth may be lost.

You can call our office at any time to set up an appointment for an exam or to discuss your oral health. If you have questions about gum disease or if you have any symptoms like swollen or sensitive gums, bleeding gums or bad breath, periodontic therapy could restore your gums to good health and prevent future problems.

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