Preventing Gum Disease
The primary reason for adult tooth loss in the United States, gum disease has devastating effects on your oral and overall health. It has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other illnesses that affect your quality of life. If you are suffering from gum disease, we provide highly-successful treatment options to help halt oral health deterioration.
Treating Gum Disease
Also called deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is a common procedure performed by Dr. Oliviero to combat gum disease. Touting a success rate of over 85 percent, scaling cleans the infection from between the tooth and gums so that the gingival tissue can heal and reattach. Root planing smoothes the root of the tooth to create a less hospitable environment for bacteria and decay.
Sometimes antibiotics are necessary to combat the infection thoroughly. At Dentistry on Broadway, we offer Arestin antibiotics for the treatment of gum disease. For more severe cases of gum disease, called periodontitis, our experienced oral surgeon can also perform flap surgery to remove the infection from the jawbone and connective gum tissues.
The earliest form of gum disease, known as gingivitis can typically be treated with more complete oral hygiene. Schedule a dental cleaning as soon as possible if you believe you are suffering from gingivitis. Our dental hygienist can offer advice for clearing away the plaque and bacteria that cause this early stage of periodontal disease.
Preventing Gum Disease
While gum disease is highly treatable in the early stages, it is not curable. Prevent deterioration of your oral and overall health by taking preventive measures against gum disease. Schedule regular dental examinations so that Dr. Oliviero can detect the early signs of gum disease using advanced technology and a trained eye. Make sure to schedule a cleaning every six months so that our meticulous dental hygienists can remove plaque buildup or infection you miss during your daily oral hygiene routine. Empower yourself with knowledge so that you can spot the signs of gum disease.
Symptoms of Gingivitis
- Deep red or purple gum tissue
- Swollen gums
- Gum bleeding, especially during brushing or flossing