Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is a serious oral health concern that affects millions of people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost half of all American adults over 30 are affected by periodontal disease. Dr. Matar believes that, in the case of your oral health, an ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure. The easiest way to avoid developing periodontal disease is with routine preventive care and proper oral hygiene.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Simply put, the greatest risk factor for developing gum disease is most often the lack of proper oral hygiene. This does not necessarily mean that you neglect your oral hygiene, however. All day long, as we eat and drink, a sticky film called plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth and around the gum line. Plaque that remains on your teeth attracts bacteria, which can lead to chronic inflammation and periodontal disease.
Brushing and flossing are very important in helping to remove plaque. But even the most diligent at-home oral hygiene routine cannot eliminate all the plaque that lingers in your mouth. When plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth, it forms a hard substance called tartar that can only be removed by a dental hygienist using special instruments.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
The type of treatment we will recommend is based on the extent of gum disease present. In cases where gum disease is caught in its early stages (gingivitis), a professional dental cleaning may be sufficient to remove bacteria and prevent the disease from advancing further. Our dental hygienist may recommend the use of an antimicrobial rinse to slow the development of tartar.
If gum disease has progressed, deep cleaning is necessary to remove bacteria and infected tissue. Deep cleaning involves the removal of tartar, plaque, and harmful bacteria from above and below the gum line. This procedure removes the infection and promotes healing of gum tissue. We may also supplement treatment with antibiotics to ensure that any remaining infection is eliminated.
Advanced periodontal disease (periodontitis) is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that supports your teeth. Until recently, the only treatment for periodontitis was gum surgery. Fortunately, there is now a surgery-free option that uses dental lasers to gently clear away infection and promote healing of healthy gum tissue. The procedure is virtually pain-free and requires little or no recovery time. If needed, we will be happy to refer you to an experienced professional who can provide this state-of-the-art treatment.
Prevention and prompt treatment for gum disease are vital to maintaining your oral health. Recent research shows that chronic infections and diseases of the mouth can affect our overall health, a connection known as the oral-systemic link. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment for an exam so that we can help you protect your oral health and your overall well-being.