Gum Disease Treatment & Prevention Q&A
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, occurs when harmful bacteria gathers at the gum line, usually along with hardened plaque, or tartar. Bacteria produce toxins that cause gum tissue to shrink away from the tooth, exposing more tooth surface to decay and causing gums to become inflamed. Eventually, bacteria can invade the tooth roots, causing teeth to become weakened and eventually resulting in tooth loss. In its early stage, gum disease is called gingivitis; in its later stage, it's referred to as periodontitis.
How is gum disease treated?
Mild gum disease may be treated with several regular cleaning sessions aimed at removing tartar and bacteria before they have a chance to cause considerable damage. More advanced gum disease requires deeper cleaning techniques called root scaling and planing that reach below the gum line and into the root pockets to remove bacterial buildup.
What is gum grafting?
Gum grafting builds up gum tissues that have receded far down the tooth surface, exposing more of the teeth to decay and other damage. Grafting stabilizes your teeth and helps restore their normal appearance.
What can I do to prevent gum disease?
Gum disease can be prevented with regular brushing and flossing using the right techniques. The dental hygienist can ensure you're brushing and flossing correctly by reviewing your technique and looking at your teeth and gums during the exam. Eating a healthy diet and brushing and flossing or at least rinsing after meals and snacks helps prevent the buildup of plaque around the gum line. It's also very important to have regular dental checkups twice each year so Dr. Refoa can evaluate your gums for signs of gum disease and initiate treatment as soon as possible to prevent damage to your teeth and to prevent tooth loss.
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