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Treating Gum Disease: What You Can Expect

July 15, 2018
Posted By: Thomas P. Riley, DMD
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Have you recently noticed a change in your gums? Maybe they look puffy and inflamed or easily bleed when you brush?

It May Be Gum Disease

What you are probably seeing are symptoms of gum disease, a condition that affects nearly half of all adults in the US over age 30. One reason so many people are affected is that in many cases, people who have gum disease don’t know it because they never see the above symptoms.

If you have been diagnosed with mild gum disease, all is not lost. In its early stage, gum disease is called gingivitis and is reversible with a thorough cleaning by your hygienist and improved oral hygiene at home.

But gum disease that is allowed to develop eventually attacks the bone that supports your teeth. Your teeth will begin to feel loose, and without any treatment, tooth loss is a definite possibility.

Periodontal Treatment in Summerville, SC

Treatment for advanced gum disease is a deep cleaning procedure called periodontal scaling and root planing. Scaling involves the removal of plaque and tartar that has collected above and below the gum line. Next, the root surfaces of your teeth are planed or smoothed to remove areas where bacteria can collect and allow gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.

The procedure will be followed up with a series of professional cleanings to prevent reoccurrence and ensure that your gums are healthy.

Please Call to Arrange Your Next Cleaning

Dr. Thomas Riley and the hygiene team at Azalea Dental understand the importance of good gum health. We will work with you by educating you about the ways you can keep your gums healthy and help you avoid the need for periodontal treatment.

Preventing gum disease isn’t just necessary for your oral health, it also protects your overall health and well-being. Chronic gum disease has been linked to numerous conditions like heart and lung disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications.

If it’s time for your next cleaning or you think you see symptoms of gum disease, please call us so we can prevent it from developing further and threatening your health.

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