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Gum disease is very common and it affects over 50% of adults and can contribute negatively to your overall health.

There is good news! You can greatly reduce your risk for gum disease with proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, regular check ups, and professional cleanings every six months to a year.

The best way to save your gums and your oral health for those who already have been diagnosed is to seek immediate treatment.

The most common treatments are non-surgical treatments include the following:

White-SmileAntibiotic Treatment-antibiotic use can help to control the bacterial infection caused by gum disease. These can be topical and oral.

Root Planing-smoothing the root surfaces to reduce or discourage further tartar buildup.

Scaling-this procedure removes the tartar and bacteria from underneath the gums and on the surface of the teeth.

In more advanced cases, surgical treatment may be needed.

For more information on gum disease and how to prevent or treat it, see your dentist regularly.

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Tartar build up caused by plaque is believed to be the number one cause for gum disease, but what other risk factors are involved?

Here are a few of the other factors that could increase your risk of periodontal disease:

  • file00088232176Heredity-genetics can play a role in the likelihood of gum disease. Those with a family history should have regular visits to try and get ahead of it.
  • Poor oral habits-poor care of teeth and gums can play a large role in developing periodontal disease.
  • Diabetes-a link between diabetes and gum disease has been found in studies.
  • Medications-Medication can be a contributor to gum disease.
  • Hormonal ChangesPregnancy, menopause and other hormonal changes could be factors in developing gum disease.
  • Age-age plays a role in developing gum disease.
  • These factors and others (substance abuse, tobacco use, poor fitting dental work, bit changes, poor nutrition, etc…) can increase your risk of periodontal disease.

Even with all of the risk factors involved, prevention is still the best way to avoid periodontitis.

Contact us today at our convenient Sidney dental office to set up your comfort cleaning and learn more about this common, but concerning disease.

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250px-MandibularAnteriorCalculusGum disease is one of the most common chronic illnesses. Over 65 million adults suffered from periodontal disease and of those, almost 50% of adults are over the age of 30.

We know that gum disease is very common and is linked to our overall health. We know the signs and symptoms.

But what actually causes gum disease?  Plaque is a bacteria that produces a film on our teeth and gums. Many researchers and doctors believe that plaque is the number one culprit for gum disease.

If allowed to sit on our teeth for longer periods of time, it can harden under the gum line creating a tartar build up. It is formed when sugars and starches in our food combine with the already present bacteria found in our mouths.

Brushing and flossing your teeth at home is imperative in combating the build up of plaque, but only a professional dental cleaning can remove tartar once it is created.

It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis for exams and cleanings to prevent tartar build up and gum disease.

Contact us today at our convenient Sidney dental office to set up your cleaning and learn more about this common, but concerning disease.

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