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Gum DiseaseThe earliest stages of gum disease are the easiest to resolve. This is just one area in which regular dental visits are of immense value. Gum disease left untreated will progress to periodontitis, and ultimately can result in tooth loss and damage to bone structure. Gum disease is known to cause higher risk for other health problems, including heart disease and stroke. Avoiding or postponing treatment is definitely not a good idea, even for patients somewhat anxious about dental procedures. Taking steps for prevention now will eliminate the need for costlier and uncomfortable treatments in the future.
The best prevention of gum disease is regular brushing and flossing. This removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from teeth and along the gum line that cause periodontal disease. Routine dental exams and cleanings allow the hygienist to remove hardened plaque buildup, called tartar, along the gum line, as well. Attending regularly scheduled checkups and exams will provide a vital deterrent to gum disease.
Most Americans have some existing stage of gum disease and may not even realize it. Early signs may go unnoticed. Regular care is the best deterrent, but an immediate visit to the dentist should be scheduled if a patient notices any of the following: gums that bleed with routine care, redness, or puffiness of gums, loose or shifting teeth, receding or painful gums. While anyone can develop gum disease, there are factors that increase the risks. These include smoking or chewing tobacco, certain medications, hormonal changes, some diseases, and even genetics.
In advanced stages of periodontal disease, we offer a non-surgical remedy called PerioProtect. This procedure eliminates a huge percentage of oral bacteria, leading to gum disease reversal. This FDA cleared option allows a patient to avoid invasive treatments such as periodontal surgery. If gum disease is a concern, inquire about PerioProtect, and avoid the excessive cost and pain of oral surgery.
For more information about gum disease prevention and treatments, or for an appointment, contact Dr. Silvano Senn of Whole Health Dentistry in Sebastopol, CA at (707) 549-6333.