Periodontal Therapy and Maintenance

What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, commonly known as “Gum Disease,” afflicts more than half of people in the United States. It is a process that affects the foundation of the teeth and causes infection and tooth loss. There are different varying degrees of gum disease and fortunately it can be halted after the damage is done. Signs and symptoms of gum disease are bleeding gums when you brush and floss, receding gum line, and inflamed gums. Progressing periodontal disease destroys the bone and supporting structures of the teeth. When this occurs, bacteria can enter into your bloodstream and cause problems in other body systems and not just the mouth.

Effects of Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis above front teeth

How is Gum Disease Treated?

Gum disease is treated by first removing the build up of plaque and hardened plaque that hides beneath the gums with a Deep Cleaning. When the cause of the problem is removed, the teeth foundation will heal to varying degrees depending on the initial condition of the gums. From here, it is vital for the patient to maintain the gum health with improved home care and often increased frequency periodontal maintenance regiment. Pocono Dental will provide you with the tools and advice to maintain your oral health so you do not have to worry about losing your teeth even after you have experienced gum disease.