At Divine Dental Studio, we strongly believe in the mouth-body connection. Your oral health can significantly affect your overall health. Let us help protect your smile.
- More than half of all Americans have some form of gum disease. The disease ranges from gingivitis (a reversible form of inflammation) to severe periodontitis (major bone loss and inflammation).
- Without proper treatment, gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) can cause inflammation, pain, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss
- Dr. Lomesh Popat offers periodontal treatment called “deep cleaning” (better known as scaling and root planning) that can help slow or stop the progression of your disease
What is gum (periodontal) disease and how can I prevent it?
Gum disease is the infection and inflammation of the gum tissue and supporting bone, caused by certain bacteria. The plaque (bacteria) can build up around your gumline and eventually harden into tartar. This can cause swelling and inflammation, and lead to bone loss.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss regularly and get your teeth cleaned by a professional every 4-6 months. You should be brushing at least twice per day (for at least 2 minutes) and flossing daily.
How can I tell if I have gum disease?
The signs and symptoms of gum disease are usually based upon the severity of your disease. The first sign of gum disease will typically be swollen, red, or bleeding gum tissue. Healthy tissue should not bleed, even when you are brushing or flossing. You may also notice bad breath (halitosis). Eventually, as the disease becomes more severe, you may notice your teeth begin to shift and possibly loosen.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, give our office a call for a periodontal examination and treatment consultation.
What is the treatment for gum disease?
Scaling and root planning, also known as “deep cleaning”, is the most common treatment. A dental hygienist uses special tools to flush out and clean the bacteria out of the deeper pockets in between your teeth and gum tissue and of the root surface of your teeth.
More severe cases of periodontal disease may require surgery to replace missing bone structure or to access deep pockets to clean them out.