Gum Disease Treatment
The Progression of Gum Disease
Periodontitis is a common complaint affecting approximately 50% of adults over the age of 30 years. It occurs in people who have preexisting gingivitis which is itself caused by the accumulation of bacteria at the gum line (dental plaque). Your gums may begin to form a pocket below the gumline, which traps food and plaque. If left untreated, plaque calcifies to form dental calculus. Dental calculus must be removed completely by the dentist in order to treat gingivitis and periodontitis. Proper dental treatment and improved home care can usually help prevent further damage. If left untreated bone supporting your teeth can be destroyed, causing your teeth to shift or loosen.
Treatment of Gum Disease
Professional instruments are used to remove bacterial plaque and calculus around teeth and below the gum-line. Local anesthesia is commonly used to keep the patient comfortable during this procedure. An antibiotic may be prescribed to prevent bacterial development during the gum healing process.
Prevention of Gum Disease
Daily oral hygiene is vital in preventing the onset and growth of gum disease. Brushing and flossing are vital in keeping teeth free from plaque-generating bacteria.
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