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Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Gum disease affects about 75% of the population. Researchers have also found that gum disease is related to a host of others problems, like low birth weight in infants, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes and heart disease. So you are better off treating gum disease, which can help reduce your risk of other life threatening diseases.

Here are the facts:

What causes gum disease?

All of us have bacteria in our mouth, which cling to a sticky substance on our teeth. If this sticky substance is not removed frequently, it attracts debris which is called plaque. Unnerved plaque on teeth solidifies with the calcium in the saliva to become yellow solid called Tartar or Calculus. This causes the gums to pull away from our teeth, forming pockets where the bacteria thrive and release toxins to eat away the gum and bone tissues.

What are some signs of gum disease that I can watch for?

  • Gums are red and swollen.

  • Bleeding gums.

  • Constant bad breath

  • Yellow deposits on teeth

  • Teeth that appear to be drifting and spacing between your teeth that was not present before

  • Pus around your teeth and gums

  • Loose teeth

  • Dull throbbing pain in your gums

What does Dr. Shah do to diagnose gum disease?

In addition to evaluating your symptoms and concerns, Dr. Shah will:

  • Check your gums and pockets with a special instrument and record numbers which relate to the health of your gums

  • Take full set of X-rays, which will show the bone loss, and go over the X-rays with you

How can we treat gum disease?

Treatment modalities depend on the severity of gum disease.

The most common and first line of defense Dr. Shah recommends is a DEEP CLEANING PROCEDURE:

  • It involves numbing the gums with local anesthesia and using the state-of-the-art technology – piezo scaler to blast away the calculus and plaque and flush out the bacteria from the pockets.

It is a totally different procedure from a regular cleaning, which is dental hygiene cleaning done every six months to prevent problems like gum disease.

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    If you want to learn more about the causes of gum disease, watch the short video below