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Dec
12

Do You Need Gum Therapy?

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum therapy isn’t exactly something you opt for, like some kind of spa treatment. But it can rejuvenate your gums in way you never knew you needed!

What Is It?

Any procedure with the aim of improving your gum health can be considered therapeutic for your mouth. Most often, the term refers to a specialized cleaning that removes calcified buildup from below the gum-line. This treatment may include minor surgery, laser therapy, cleansing rinses, or topical antibiotics to fight the disease that undermines the health and structure of the gums.

Who Needs Gum Therapy?

Virtually anyone with periodontal disease is a candidate for gum therapy.

Diseased gums range from skin-deep gingivitis to the more serious periodontitis. When gums are exposed to certain bacteria for too long, they become inflamed. Inflammation can trigger a process that breaks down tissues that anchor your teeth to the bone. The longer gums are inflamed, the more teeth and surrounding bone are at risk for permanent damage.

So how about you? Could your gums be affected by disease without your knowledge?

Do You Qualify?

Gum disease tends to set in and progress very subtly. Most people aren’t aware of the change as it’s happening. It’s usually painless and advances in places you can’t see. You may first become aware of an infection through signs such as:

  • Lots of plaque and tartar buildup
  • Bleeding while flossing or brushing
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

The only way to know for sure? Schedule a visit with your local dental hygienist. He or she will evaluate your gums with clinical tools and x-rays to determine the need for gum therapy.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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