Abbeville area patients ask Dr. Griffin: Is there a cure for gum disease?
Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is a serious health condition. Patients in the Abbeville area are encouraged to minimize risk of gum disease with good oral hygiene – brushing with proper technique after meals, flossing before bed, and maintaining regular recall appointments with Dr. Christopher Griffin. Patients with negligent home care or other risk factors such as tobacco usage, diabetes, or chronic health issues may experience signs of gum disease.
Gum disease begins as gingivitis. Symptoms include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that are red and inflamed
- Swollen gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
- Teeth that are loose or shifting within the dental arch
Dr. Griffin recommends that patients who have these symptoms seek professional assistance as soon as possible. Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease. Left untreated, it can progress to a more serious situation. As periodontal disease flourishes, it results in loss of gum tissue, bone, and even natural teeth. Gums pull away from the teeth and create pockets in which bacteria continues to develop. These bacteria eat away at the bone and supporting structures, resulting in loose teeth. Once teeth are lost due to gum disease, they can only be replaced with treatments such as dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges.
Many patients ask if there is a way to cure gum disease. Gum disease cannot truly be cured, so prevention is critical. However, Dr. Griffin is quite adept at helping Abbeville area patients get existing gum disease under control and managing it for healthier mouths and bodies. He accomplishes this with aggressive dental care and continual monitoring.
Dr. Griffin provides a program of periodontal treatment, customized for the individual patient’s situation. It begins with a thorough examination and professional cleaning. Deeper cleaning or other techniques may be utilized to stop progression of the disease and restore a healthy, beautiful smile.
If you live in the Abbeville community and are looking for a dentist who is committed to the oral healthcare needs of patients, contact Dr. Griffin today. Schedule an initial examination and consultation appointment to learn more about the perils of gum disease, and how to prevent it from developing.