Preventing and Treating Gum Disease

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Did you know that gum disease, a relatively common dental condition affects 64.7 million Americans today? While common, this infection of your gum tissue should not be ignored as it can cause tooth loss if left untreated. It also increases your risk for diabetes and heart disease since the inflammation in the gums releases harmful bacteria throughout your body, so we encourage our patients in Conyers, Georgia, to prevent the onset of gum disease by maintaining diligent oral hygiene habits.

Treating periodontal disease is fairly simple in the early stages and is often reversible. In this stage, periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your daily brushing and flossing routine followed by a professional dental cleaning. If you have advanced gum disease, treatment may include extra dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.

At Gentle Touch Dental in Conyers, Georgia, Dr. Dexter Inniss we offer scaling and root planing for our patients with advanced gum disease. In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface. and with root planing we clean the roots of the teeth, smoothing the root to remove bacterial toxins. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.

You can work to prevent gum disease with the right care and attention. It is also easily treated and often reversible if you do have it. Our Gentle Touch Dental team in Conyers, Georgia, invites to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dexter Inniss if you think you have gum disease. Please call 770-760-7566 today, and we will help you restore your healthy smile!