When plaque is left to build-up on the teeth, it can cause bacteria to grow, leading to inflammation on and beneath your gumline. At this stage, this inflammation is referred to as gum disease. It can be a major concern for your long-term oral health, causing pain and discomfort. But at this first stage, it is still treatable. If left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease. There is no treatment at this stage of the disease. It can only be controlled. In the third stage, called periodontitis, the disease progresses to the point where you could lose your teeth. The goal is to never get to this point. That’s why North Hills Family Dental offers the latest techniques to those suffering from periodontal infections. But the best way to get ahead of periodontal disease is to stay on top of your regular dental check-ups.
How to prevent
The best preventative measure you can take to fight periodontal disease is making sure you see your general dentist every 6-months. Regular check-ups and cleanings help us find issues before they get out of control. A healthy diet will also keep inflammation-causing bacteria at bay. These bacteria feed on sugars, so brushing and flossing twice a day – and especially after consuming sugary foods – is of the utmost importance.
How to treat
If you have a periodontal infection, Dr. Mauro will assess the severity and progression of the disease. Depending on your situation, he may recommend anything from a deep cleaning to a scaling and root planing treatment. Deep cleanings are effective for early stages of gum disease and are similar to a regular cleaning that you’d receive at a 6-month check-up. Scaling and root planing treatments involve getting beneath the gumline to remove bacteria and smoothing out the pits where bacteria festers under the gums. You will likely need maintenance cleanings every 3 to 4 months after this treatment. But Dr. Mauro’s skilled hand promises precision with minimal patient discomfort no matter your treatment plan.
Gum disease, periodontal disease, and periodontitis are devasting prognoses. But it doesn’t mean the end for your smile. If the team at North Hills Family Dental can’t treat your gum disease, we will help you control it. We know patients always feel more comfortable with treatment when they know exactly what to expect. And our talented team is here to answer any questions. Give us a call today.
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