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Periodontal Disease : Achieving remission with Supportive Gum Tissue Therapy

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Mar 1, 2012 9:41:00 AM

It is estimated that more than 80% of Americans have some form of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), and this ranges from minor cases of gingivitis to severe conditions where the bone and soft tissue that support the teeth become damaged. The disease is caused by bacterial plaque that builds up around the teeth and hardens, forming tartar. Without regular removal of tartar, infection spreads, leading to periodontal breakdown.

Symptoms include red and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, tender and bleeding gum tissue, sensitive teeth and painful chewing, and in advanced cases, tooth loss.

Flossing and regular cleaning helps prevent and greatly reduces the likelihood that you will develop periodontal disease, however, if you already have the disease, your dentist may recommend that you receive supportive gum tissue therapy.

The staff here at Davis and Dingle will work with you to ensure that you have an ongoing program of supportive gum tissue therapy to begin remission of the disease and improve your likelihood of not developing the condition in the future. The program involves cleaning, ongoing assessment and diagnosis, and help in developing thorough dental hygiene habits to support the health of your gums.

To ensure remission of periodontal disease, patients receive regular cleaning to remove plaque and calculus, and the dentist performs a through oral exam to look for any hidden problems. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need to visit as often as every few weeks, or visits may be several months apart; your dentist will ensure that you receive treatments as regularly as necessary. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients may begin with a short-term program lasting around three months, or longer-term therapy may be necessary.

During visits, your dentist will review your condition and the health factors relating to why you have developed the disease, and he or she will discuss cleaning habits with you to ensure that you are following the right dental hygiene regimen at home to support the health of your gums. An X-ray may also be necessary to check for new cavities or any changes to bone levels caused by the disease.

Your best chance to achieve optimal dental health is to follow a meticulous cleaning regimen and receive regular cleaning and dental exams to prevent the onset of the disease. This is also the best way to prevent re-occurrence.

Topics: periodontal disease