Dentistry for Anxious Patients
Early Prevention of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support and surround the teeth. It remains the leading cause of tooth loss and is associated with many other chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. While many people struggle withperiodontal disease, it can be avoided through early intervention. Before moving onto aesthetics, most dentists suggest treatment for tooth and gum disease to ensure a healthy long-lasting smile.
Cause of Periodontal Disease
While genetics is believed to play a role in the development of periodontal disease, the main culprit is improper oral care. Anyone can suffer from infections of the teeth and gums, and many people do. Periodontal disease generally starts out as gingivitis as tarter begins to build on the teeth and gums, microorganisms attack the gums, resulting in gum disease. An experienced dentist has the tools and equipment needed to stop the development of periodontal disease in its tracks before it has the opportunity to worsen.
Types of Treatments Available
As microorganisms eat away at the bone, periodontal disease can result in tooth loss. Receiving prompt treatment for gum disease early on can help stop or even reverse the damage. Most cosmetic and implant dentists turn to deep cleanings, prescription of localized antibiotics, and a strict oral health care plan to treat periodontal disease. In more severe cases, the patient may require Arestin Therapy or a bone graft.
Preventing Periodontal Disease
Daily brushing, flossing and the use of a mouth wash with fluoride can ward off periodontal disease. It’s also important to see your dentist for regular checkups at least once a year. Our office serves patients from in Torrance, Carson and the surrounding areas. To begin fighting and preventing periodontal disease, call us at 310-538-3639.