Gum Disease and Treatment 101
Understanding the signs and symptoms of gum disease can greatly increase your chances of preventing and stopping disease progression as well as protecting your smile. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of all American adults, 30 and older, have some form of periodontal disease.
Regular dental exams and cleanings are a critical part to protecting gum health. At Lake Center Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Potomac Falls and Sterling provides non-surgical gum disease treatment options that restore the health of your gums and teeth.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar on teeth and around the gums. Typically, daily at home hygiene removed plaque before it has the chance to harden into tartar. However, when daily brushing and flossing go neglected, plaque and tartar can quickly accumulate and cause gum irritation, the first sign of infection. If left untreated, gum disease can quickly progress into more serious stages that may ultimately result in gum recession, bone loss, and even tooth loss.
It’s important to speak to your dentist and hygienist about the stages of gum disease and how to combat progression at home. However, with moderate forms of gum disease, where there a large amount of plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line that can result in periodontal pockets, root scaling, and planing is often the recommended treatment option.
Root Scaling and Planing
Also known as deep cleaning, this two-part treatment works to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup from above and below the gum line. Dental scaling utilizes a specific device that removes debris from the surface of your teeth as well as the periodontal pockets. Once this is accomplished, root the root surface is smoothed via root planing, allowing newly treated gum tissue to reattach to clean roots and prevent further development of buildup.
If you have irritated or inflamed gums, or experience bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, it is critical to visit your dentist for appropriate gum disease treatment.
Contact our Sterling and Potomac Falls Dentist
Dr. Tadros and the friendly staff at Lake Center Family & Cosmetic Dentistry want you to smile with confidence. We offer non-surgical gum disease treatment options that sustain and enhance the health and look of your smile. Contact our Sterling dental practice today!
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