Stop Gum Disease Early

Jan 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Family Dentistry, Gum Disease

Gum Disease Not everyone considers gum disease a chronic illness, or even one that deserves much attention. After all, if over 80% of the American population has it, then it must not be too serious, right? On the contrary, gum disease is a vicious illness that, if left untreated, can destroy the entire foundation of your smile. Studies have also shown that severe periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease, has been linked to a significantly increased risk of developing various chronic systemic illnesses, including heart disease, respiratory tract infections, certain forms of dementia, and many others. While the odds make it likely that you have gum disease, or will at some point, there is hope for halting the disease and preventing the destruction of your smile. Richmond dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, explains how early treatment can stop and sometimes reverse gum disease.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Brushing and flossing your teeth is a vital, albeit simple, ritual. However, even if you are the world’s best tooth-brusher, the routine is only truly effective when coupled with dental checkups and cleanings every six months, or as often as recommended. If your dental checkup reveals gum disease, Dr. Moiceanu may recommend a scaling and root planing procedure. The main instigator of gum disease is certain bacteria that reside in the plaque on your teeth and gums. When plaque accumulates along your gum line, the germs release toxins that irritate your gum tissue and damage the ligaments that connect it to your teeth. Scaling carefully removes plaque and tartar from underneath your gum line, and root planing involves smoothing the surfaces of your tooth’s roots to prevent bacteria from accumulating on them. With an improved oral health regimen, scaling and root planing often allows your gums to health and reattach to your teeth. However, there are limitations to non-surgical treatment, and if your condition is advanced, you may require specialized care or surgery to save your teeth and gums.

Gum Treatment and More in Richmond

If your gums are inflamed or bleeding, or you would like to learn more about preventing gum disease, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moiceanu at our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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