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Safeguarding Your Gums and Preventing Bone Loss for a Healthy Smile

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Unveiling the Silent Prevalence of Gum Disease: A Call for Proactive Care

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common yet often unnoticed bacterial infection affecting the gums and surrounding teeth. Surprisingly, nearly 80% of the U.S. population experiences some form of gum disease.

The Risks of Gum Disease:

Silent Destruction: Often painless in its early stages, gum disease can quietly progress, causing significant damage to teeth and gums if left untreated.

Dental Infection: Irritated gums tend to recede, forming pockets where harmful bacteria can thrive, increasing the risk of cavities and other infections.

Systemic Health Concerns: Advanced gum disease can affect overall health, potentially contributing to serious conditions like cardiovascular disease and endocarditis.

Risk of Tooth Loss: The body’s response to infection can lead to bone deterioration, eventually leading to tooth loss.

Treating Gum Disease:

Preventive Care and Early Detection: Regular check-ups are crucial for early detection. When caught early, gum disease can often be managed non-surgically through improved oral hygiene.

Deep Cleaning: A more intensive cleaning procedure can be performed to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line, helping to control the infection.

Surgical Options: In advanced cases, surgical interventions may be necessary to restore gum health.

Medication: Antibiotics or other medications may be prescribed to control the infection and aid in healing.

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Gum Disease Treatment Process

Early on, when redness, swelling, and bleeding are the only symptoms, we can manage and reverse gum disease non-surgically. Regular check-ups significantly increase your potential for early detection and conservative treatment.

An intensive cleaning will eliminate tartar, bacteria, and debris from underneath the gum line. The root of your affected tooth or teeth will also be planed to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the future.

If gum disease progresses without intervention, a patient may need surgery to remediate the disease and restore the mouth to good oral health. Typical procedures that periodontists may perform include pocket depth reduction, bone or tissue regeneration, crown lengthening, and soft tissue grafts.

The use of antibiotics can aid in halting the production of more bacteria. Mouth rinses, topical ointments, and gel inserts may be able to decrease your risk of recurring infections.