Gum disease is a serious issue that dentists in the Dolton area do not take lightly. It is important for patients to understand what causes gum disease and learn about ways to avoid it. It is essential that these patients understand how gum disease (also called periodontal disease) can affect the smile negatively and permanently.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue that can wreak havoc on oral health. This infection can lead to the loss of bone, gum tissue, and natural teeth, which is why it needs to be avoided if possible.

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What causes gum disease?

The primary reason periodontal disease develops is due to poor oral hygiene. Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® educates his patients thoroughly on the benefits of taking good care of their smiles, in addition to helping them avoid periodontal disease development.

What can I do to avoid gum disease?

Patients can avoid gum disease by being proactive about their dental health. This means brushing and flossing after every meal and maintaining regular dental appointments at Pleasant Dental® twice a year, more if there are concerns regarding the health and wellness of the smile such as possible cavities or the development of gum disease. The earlier gum disease is detected, the easier it is to treat and the better the chances of controlling it with early intervention.

What treatment options are available for gum disease?

Before gum disease can be effectively treated, patients need to get a proper diagnosis. Gum disease in the earlier stages may be corrected with a thorough dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene practices. The later stages may be more effectively addressed with procedures such as scaling and root planing which are more invasive but better for advanced cases of the condition.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Gum disease often causes red, swollen gum tissue; bleeding when brushing and flossing; persistent bad breath, and loose teeth. As soon as any of these symptoms are noticed, patients are urged to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® as soon as possible.

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