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Preventative and Periodontal Treatment (Gum Disease)

According to the National Institute of Health, gum disease affects nearly half of all US adults, yet it’s completely preventable and treatable. Left untreated, however, it can lead to tooth loss and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia.

About Gum Disease

First, let’s define periodontal. “Peri” means around. “Odontal” means teeth. Combined, the word simply means around teeth. Therefore, periodontal refers to the gums and surrounding tissues.

The first step in periodontal disease prevention is to practice good oral hygiene habits. This includes twice daily brushing and flossing, and regular visits to your dentist for maintenance and removal of any plaque buildup. If plaque builds up, it then becomes tartar and can form below the gum line, causing inflammation and decay. If you're looking for treatment for gum disease in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti, Dental House is here to help.

Gum disease prevention and treatment

Normal and Deep Cleaning

A normal cleaning (preventative treatment) should be scheduled twice per year to keep your gums and teeth healthy and free from tartar. In cases where buildup has occurred, a deep cleaning (periodontal therapy) may be necessary. The deep cleaning procedure is referred to as scaling or root planing.

Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatments for Your Gums

Nonsurgical treatments such as scaling, root planing, and tray therapy are less invasive and more cost-effective. They’re usually the first method a dentist will consider. Cases of advanced gum disease may require a surgical treatment like laser gum surgery.

Polishing and Stain Removal

Most people know that coffee, tea, wine and smoking all stain your teeth, but there are less apparent culprits, too, like beets and blueberries. Getting a regular polish or stain removal procedure can restore your smile back to its natural sparkle.

Fluoride Protection

Our teeth are under constant attack from acid and bacteria. Fluoride treatments can strengthen the surface of the tooth, making it resistant to these attacks. This treatment also helps with remineralization, which can prevent and reverse decay.

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