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Periodontal disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S.. Often called the silent disease because there is often little or no discomfort accompanying it, periodontal disease affects 75% of American adults. Left untreated, periodontal disease can develop into gingivitis and periodontitis, causing significant damage to the bone, gums and tissue that support your teeth.
Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that can result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost. Whether your gum disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day from this point forward.
The best prevention for periodontal diseases is good oral hygiene. Brush and floss regularly. Keep up with bi-annual dental hygiene appointments. Avoid the use of tobacco products.
Once it has been determined that you have periodontal disease, your dentist or hygienist will likely suggest a deep cleaning, which involves scaling the tartar from above and below the gum line. Additionally, your provider may suggest root planing, which gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease.
If you have one or more of the symptoms of periodontal disease, visit the American Academy of Periodontology's website here, or give us a call at 508-812-4130 to schedule a consultation to discuss what treatment may be best for you.
Rarely, we may have to refer out to a specialist for this type of procedure—about once or twice a year.