Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is a dental condition that affects many patients but should be taken seriously. If not treated, gum disease can cause the gums to swell, bleed, and become sore. If the condition is still not addressed it can lead to the loss of gum tissue, destruction of the jawbone, and the loss of a patient's natural teeth. Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA, has helped countless patients reverse gum disease and protect their oral health with proper treatment.
PREVENTION KEEPS GUM DISEASE AT BAY
The best way to achieve a healthy mouth is to prevent gum disease and tooth decay from occurring. Gum disease occurs when food particles are not properly removed from the teeth and plaque – a sticky substance – forms on the teeth. This plaque attracts bacteria, which can then grow beneath the gum line and become infected. Brushing after each meal, or at least twice daily, and flossing every night can help prevent gum disease.
EARLY DETECTION IS KEY
Many people think that gums that bleed while being brushed or flossed is common and nothing to worry about. In fact, this is an early indication of gum disease, known as gingivitis. At this stage common symptoms include sore, inflamed, or bleeding gums. Gingivitis can be treated with better oral healthcare habits at home and a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist.
TREATMENT FOR PERIODONTAL DISEASE
If your gum disease has progressed, a more advanced form of treatment may be necessary.
- Deep cleaning in which special instruments that can reach below the gum line to remove bacteria that is trapped.
- Prescription medication or mouth rinse can provide further treatment and prevent gum disease from recurring
- Oral surgery is used if the infection is very advanced. In this procedure, the gums are lifted away from the teeth to remove the infection and then suturing them back into place.
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