September 9, 2016
Most of us don’t realize that gum disease affects half of American adults over the age of thirty. In fact, many people don’t know they have it because there aren’t many symptoms or pain associated with it in the beginning. If it’s left untreated however, it can lead to tooth and bone loss. Gum disease is actually responsible for about 40% of the tooth loss in American adults. The good news is that by being proactive about your oral health, you can take steps to prevent gum disease from happening in the first place. Dr. Shakrokh Soltani and his team are here to discuss how you can prevent and reverse gum disease in D.C.
What is Gum Disease?
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease occurs when plaque build up causes your gum tissue to separate from your teeth, which allows harmful bacteria below your gum line. The bacteria causes inflammation and infection of your soft tissues and bone, which are the main support systems for your teeth. If left untreated, the infection will eventually destroy your bone, leading to tooth loss.
Gingivitis and Reversing Gum Disease
The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. In this stage you may notice that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, and they also may be red and swollen. Chronic bad breath that you can’t get rid of is also a telltale sign of gum disease. The good news is in this stage you can successfully manage your gum disease, and sometimes even reverse it.
Regular visits to Dr. Soltani and your hygienist are your best defense against gum disease because we will screen you for it at every checkup and remove the excess plaque that causes gum disease. Gingivitis can often be reversed with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. Being proactive about your oral health ensures that you have the best chance of successfully treating gum disease with the least invasive treatment.
This is the advanced stage of gum disease where the damage starts to occur. Periodontitis requires a deeper cleaning called a scaling and root planing that reaches below the gum line. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, Dr. Soltani may also recommend antibiotic therapy or soft tissue laser therapy to help control your condition.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for periodontitis, however with additional cleanings, checkups, improved home care, and help from your dental team you can successfully keep your gum disease at bay.
If you notice symptoms of gum disease we encourage you to call My Face My Smile right away to schedule your next cleaning and checkup. Your oral health is too important to risk!
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