Did you know that most adults in the United States have some form of gum disease? Some of these are quite mild, but others range into its most serious forms. If gum disease is left untreated, it can result in substantial tissue damage and even tooth loss. But if treated early, these outcomes can be avoided and the disease may even be reversed.
Gum disease is best treated early, and a good first step is a normal professional dental cleaning. By thoroughly removing plaque, the cause of gum disease is also removed. More than the typical biannual cleaning may be recommended.
However, deeper cleanings may be necessary. Some methods include scaling and root planing. Scaling involves cleaning tartar and plaque that has accumulated below the gum line. Root planing is used to smooth out rough patches on the surface of the tooth root where plaque can build up. Both are performed with local anesthesia, and usually stop the progression of the disease.
Other surgical procedures may be necessary from a periodontal specialist if gum disease has progressed far enough. These include tissue and bone grafts as well as other surgeries.
The good news is that gum disease is totally preventable with proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing remove the plaque that causes gum disease in the first place. To learn more about preventing and treating gum disease or to set an appointment with Dr. Maria Boutsikos, DMD, please call out office in Sarasota, FL, today. The entire Dynamic Dental Smiles team is at your disposal to help your oral health be as great as it can.