Gum Disease: Prevention and Treatment

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Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an extremely common oral health problem in the United States. In fact, most adults probably have some form of it. Although it starts out rather benignly, it can result in the loss of teeth, bone structure, and other tissue. It is important to be able to treat gum disease, but prevention is even more essential.

Gum disease is caused by plaque that accumulates in the mouth. Specifically, bacteria in the plaque infects gum material, causing inflammation and easy bleeding. Even though there is no pain, these symptoms indicate a serious condition. Over time, inner gum layers separate from the teeth, and the infection spreads through other connective tissue to the bone. It can really destroy a previously bright smile.

The best way to deal with gum disease is simply to prevent it. While it is initially reversible, it does not stay that way. And since it is caused by the build-up of plaque in the mouth, prevention is facilitated by simply removing it with effective oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing once daily can remove any built up plaque and keep your teeth–and gums–clean.

If gum disease does set in, though, Dr. Henry Danziger offers several treatment options, including deep cleaning. These can stop the progression of the disease, but may not be able to reverse it. If you have symptoms of gum disease, please call our Naugatuck, CT, office today. Henry K. Danziger DDS is here to help you have the healthiest mouth possible.