The ugly truth about “Periodontal Disease” or “Gum Disease”
If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone. Many adults have some form of the disease. This diseases ranges from simple gum inflammation or red puffy gums to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.
Periodontal disease is irreversible but can be controlled in most cases.
Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day, and how frequently you visit us.
What causes gum disease?
Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, with mucus and other particles such as foot, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque.
Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.
Usually our last resort to treating periodontal disease is surgery.
There are many things that periodontal surgery can treat
In our office our first defense is to place our patients on a non surgical regiment and monitor you closely. We will do our best to avoid periodontal surgery but we will need your help, cooperation and compliance. Having said that, in some cases surgery is inevitable.
Treatments in Our Office: