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Non-Surgical Gum Disease Therapy

Gum disease can cause many oral health problems and can take a toll on your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Non-surgical gum disease therapy is a noninvasive treatment that can help deep clean your gums, and prevent periodontal disease from spreading.

Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is an infection in the gums. This condition can be incredibly harmful to your gums, teeth, jaw bone and overall health.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria around the teeth. Early periodontal disease starts with bleeding gums, and can lead to your teeth loosening and even falling out if not addressed.

What causes periodontal disease?

The biggest culprit when it comes to developing gum disease is the build-up of dental plaque. In addition to plaque, there are a few factors that can increase your chance of developing the condition. When your body goes through a drastic hormonal change, such as pregnancy or puberty, you are more likely to develop periodontal disease. Certain illnesses and medications can also play a role. Smoking and poor oral hygiene habits can greatly increase your risk for gum disease.

What is non-surgical periodontal disease treatment?

While serious cases of gum disease require surgery, less serious cases can be treated with nonsurgical efforts. Scaling and root planing are the main treatment options for combating gum disease. These are essentially the removal of bacteria in the gums and around the roots of the teeth. In some cases, antibiotics and other medications may be applied to your gums to help kill bacteria.

When do I need surgical periodontal treatment?

Periodontal disease progresses over time. If caught early, special dental hygiene visits may be enough to rid your mouth of this condition and to get your smile back on track. If gum disease goes untreated, however, surgery may be needed to repair the damage caused by periodontal disease.

If you believe that you may be suffering from periodontal disease, call us at (937)-284-4500 to make an appointment. We will look for signs of gum disease at your appointments. Early detection is crucial for the success of your treatment.

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