Periodontal gum therapy is a treatment that is used to address the effects of advanced gum disease. Here at North Broad Family Dental, our highest priority is to promote and maintain optimal gum health, which starts at home and extends to twice-yearly visits to our office for a teeth cleaning. Gum therapy is a last resort, but an effective one when it comes to restoring the vibrancy and strength of your Elizabeth gums.
Dental plaque is the key factor when it comes to gum health. It’s the sticky invisible film that grows on teeth and at the gum line. Plaque is well known for causing tooth decay, but it also affects your Elizabeth gums. Initially, the impact is confined to redness and irritation. Those are the signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Fortunately, when you come in for a six month visit for a checkup, you will also get a teeth cleaning. It’s crucial for the elimination of tartar buildup, which is the hardened form of plaque that develops when plaque is not removed through brushing and flossing. That same cleaning, though, has a positive implication for your Elizabeth gums. It reverses the effects of gingivitis, and prevents the progression to the later stage, periodontitis. If, however, you begin to notice symptoms such as persistent bad breath, receding gums, and bleeding when you brush, the result of inflammation and infection, you will probably need our periodontal gum therapy, which is a deeper type of cleaning that is also called scaling and root planing. If you don’t address gum disease at that point, you could lose vital gum and bone tissue, and your teeth could start becoming loose.
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