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Periodontitis and the Importance of Gum Health

Periodontitis and the Importance of Gum Health

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a disease that can result in premature tooth loss. It is also a risk factor for heart disease and lung disease. Many people may not be aware that they have gum disease because it is usually painless.

Gum disease is fairly common, with over 3 million cases of the disease each year. However, it is still important to try to stop gum disease from occurring at the source.

What You Can Do to Prevent Gum Disease

  • Floss daily
  • Do your best to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Schedule regular check-ups
  • Brush for two to three minutes, twice a day

To summarize, a good diet and oral health are the keys to happy and healthy patients and gums.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

The symptoms of gum disease may look like this for you:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Swollen gums
  • Sores on or near gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Red gums
  • Deep pockets forming between teeth and gums
  • A persistent bad taste in the mouth

If you have noticed these symptoms, please contact us immediately so that you can get the dental help you need.

Treatment

Gum disease may seem irreversible, but it is treatable.

Dr. Bradley Dean is a periodontist, and specializes in gum health and the management of gum disease in his patients. He diagnoses and treats patients first by using dental x-rays to visually take note of what is happening to the gums. If someone is in the early stages of periodontitis, a scaling and root planing is performed below the gum line. Gums are given a deep cleaning. Patients in the advanced stages of periodontitis may need surgery if initial scaling and planing does not solve the problem.

Some of the surgical and non-surgical treatments are listed below to learn more, click here:

  • Frenectomy
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Fiberotomy
  • Soft tissue and gum grafting
  • Functional crown lengthening
  • Esthetic crown lengthening
  • Guided tissue and bone regeneration

Schedule an Appointment

Take control of your gum health. Consult with our experts so that we can find the treatment that is right for you and your oral health needs. Call us at (972) 666-1594 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradley Dean online.