When it comes to well-known oral health issues, cavities are probably the most talked about problem, but gum disease can be just as damaging. Today we’re shining a light on gum disease, so that you can better prevent and combat this problem in your own life. Keep reading to learn more from our Elmhurst periodontal dentists…
A Silent Threat
In many cases, gum disease first progresses asymptomatically. As you would imagine, this makes it particularly difficult for patients to spot emerging infections on their own. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important for patients to complete semi-annual cleanings; these regularly scheduled appointments give our dental team a chance to identify and great oral infections in their earliest stages.
Comprehensive Treatment Plans
Periodontal disease occurs when oral bacteria are able to infiltrate the gum tissue, where they grow and multiply. In order to effectively treat gum disease, you need to minimize the number of bacteria in your mouth, and that takes a comprehensive approach. Successfully treating gum disease is not something that happens overnight. Our dental team will clear away already damaged oral tissues, eliminate built up plaque and tartar, and help you develop a new oral hygiene plan that keeps your mouth as clean as possible; only then can your tissues heal and regenerate.
When you treat gum disease in a timely manner, you set your smile up for success in the years to come. Periodontal disease, when left untreated, leads to gaps between your gum tissue and teeth, tooth loss, and even jawbone tissue deterioration. Stop these potential problems before they get started, and minimize bad breath, too!