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The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque buildup. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis includes swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized by irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque.
Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage, but at this stage, the results are not reversible. Advanced periodontitis is when the fibers and bones supporting the teeth destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may have to be removed depending on how advanced the disease has become and if treatments are not effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today.
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Gum Health and Periodontal Therapy
Drs. Joseph A. Narde, DDS of Willow Point Dental in Columbus, GA, understand the health benefits of proper gum care. Keeping the teeth and gums in prime condition reduces the risk of other diseases such as diabetes, dementia, and heart disease. Oral health can be positively impacted with good oral hygiene practices. Dr. Narde has some basic recommendations that he makes to his patients.
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Proper brushing and flossing practices always seem to be emphasized in dental care, but it is because they are truly the basis for healthy teeth and gums. Patients can contribute to their health by maintaining effective oral hygiene practices.
When a patient experiences early signs of periodontal disease, attention to these areas will be the first recommendation to provide the most beneficial results. Due to the extra boost he provides, Dr. Narde also recommends and sells electronic Sonicare and Oral-B toothbrushes and Waterpik for water flossing.
Regular visits to the dental office will allow gum health to be monitored professionally. Markers that are noted during an examination include any bleeding, gum recession, depth of gum pockets, and any secondary factors that may contribute to deterioration of gum health, such as smoking or diabetes.
If conditions develop, periodontal treatment will be discussed with the patient so that proper health can be restored. Postponement or avoidance of this treatment will only lead to more problems, discomfort, and eventually, possible tooth loss.
Periodontal treatments for more advanced cases include scaling and root planing. Local anesthetics ensure patient comfort while the hygienist removes debris from root surfaces and cleans gum pockets. This treatment can help avoid the need for invasive periodontal surgery to correct problems that occur when the condition is left untreated. Every effort is made to ensure patients have their dental health fully restored.
Added measures used by Willow Point Dental include ozone therapy to eradicate the harmful bacteria associated with gum disease, and use of gel antibiotics in periodontal pockets to give a longer period of bacteria inhibition in gum areas. Patients also may be provided with products to take home and use to assist in gum health recovery
Our goal is a pleasant experience for every patient. With regular care and office visits, we help patients keep their mouth healthy to begin with rather than having to restore health.
Dr. Joseph A. Narde of Willow Point Dental give instructions to maintain gum health and describe periodontal treatments available for cases of gum disease. Make an appointment with one of our doctors today!
What our patients say about Periodontal Therapy
“The staff is very professional. I appreciate my time being valued and not waiting long at all. The office is very clean and inviting. Everyone has a good attitude. My concerns were answered and they made sure i understood everything. I had a great experience”