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Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy

At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we understand the crucial role that healthy gums play in your overall oral well-being. Periodontal (gum) disease is a common condition that, if left untreated, can lead to serious dental problems. In this brief guide, we'll explore what periodontal disease is, the importance of early detection and treatment, and the therapies available to safeguard your oral health.

What Is Periodontal (Gum) Disease? Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues surrounding your teeth. It typically begins with gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums, and can progress to more severe forms of the disease if not addressed promptly.

 

Why Gum Health Matters: Healthy gums are the foundation of a strong smile. They support your teeth, protect your oral structures, and contribute to your overall health. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and potentially impact your systemic health, as it has been linked to conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

 

Periodontal Disease Therapy: Our practice offers comprehensive periodontal disease therapy to restore and maintain your gum health. The therapy may include:

  • Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing): This procedure involves the removal of plaque and tartar from below the gumline, as well as smoothing the tooth's root surfaces to discourage further buildup.

  • Antibiotic Treatment: In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to control bacterial infection.

  • Periodontal Maintenance: After therapy, we'll schedule regular maintenance appointments to monitor your gum health and provide ongoing care.

 

The Benefits of Periodontal Disease Therapy:

  • Preservation of Teeth: Treatment can halt the progression of gum disease, preventing tooth loss.

  • Improved Oral Health: Healthy gums promote overall oral health and contribute to fresher breath and a brighter smile.

  • Reduced Risk of Complications: Addressing gum disease can lower your risk of developing systemic health problems associated with untreated periodontal disease.

 

Maintain Your Gum Health: Regular dental check-ups are crucial for the early detection of gum disease. If you experience symptoms such as bleeding gums, bad breath, or changes in gum appearance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for an evaluation.

At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have concerns about gum disease or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us. We're here to support your journey toward optimal gum health.

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