Greenwood patients ask how to cure gum disease
Dentists-and parents-have often told children about the importance of brushing their teeth. The oral health of a patient affects the entire body and can increase the risk of certain medical and health conditions. When patients care for their smiles by brushing, flossing, and seeing their dentist regularly, they reduce their risk of developing gum disease, and therefore reduce their risk for medical problems.
Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis. This stage of the disease is characterized by gums that bleed when a patient brushes his or her teeth or flosses. When this occurs, patients should contact their doctor immediately for treatment. If left unattended, it may continue to progress into advanced stages of periodontal disease and result in permanent, irreversible damage.
Patients with the severe stages of periodontal disease often ask Dr. Griffin how to cure gum disease. Gum disease cannot be cured. However, it can be treated and controlled. With proper treatment and care, patients can reverse some of the problems, but will have to continue to maintain their oral health with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits.
Dr. Griffin can provide treatment for gum disease via scaling and root planing, which is done when the plaque and tartar build-up to remove it from the tooth’s surfaces. This can be an extensive treatment. When used in conjunction with antibiotics to address the problem at the source, patients will enjoy a healthier smile.
It is important for patients to know the signs of periodontal disease to receive proper and immediate intervention when it occurs. However, when a patient follows a strict daily oral hygiene regimen, he or she improves the chances of avoiding the risk altogether. Brushing teeth after every meal, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the dentist twice a year can reduce the risk of the development of periodontal disease or other dental concerns.
Patients in the Greenwood area who believe they may be suffering from periodontal disease should seek dental attention as soon as possible for thorough, effective treatment. Dr. Griffin and his team have over 16 years of experience in providing dental care and oral treatments, and are willing to assist patients in achieving a healthier, more beautiful smile!