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Are You At Risk For Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease Gilbert, AZPeriodontal disease is an advanced oral health condition that causes bone and soft tissue loss, both of which may lead to tooth loss. Treatment can control the infection that develops with the disease, but prevention is always the best option. Understanding your risk of developing periodontal disease helps you keep your smile healthy.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Plaque buildup is the leading cause of periodontal disease. This sticky substance can be removed by brushing and flossing, but the areas along the gum line and behind the back teeth are prone to having plaque even after a thorough at-home cleaning. Routine dental cleanings help to remove plaque that you may have missed. Plaque that remains on your teeth will harden into tartar that is teeming with destructive bacteria. You develop pockets around your tooth where the gums have receded, and this allows the bacteria to quickly gain access even deeper into the gums and bone.

Who is at Risk for Periodontal Disease?

Poor oral hygiene habits increase your risk of developing periodontal disease. The best way to reduce your risk for periodontal disease is to brush and floss each day and have professional cleanings at least every six months. Other factors place you at risk for developing periodontal disease, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • A family history of the condition
  • Using certain medications or living with some chronic health conditions
  • Improper diet
  • Abusing drugs and alcohol

How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

Treatment for periodontal disease depends on the severity of the condition. In the early stages, the condition can be managed with root planing and scaling, a type of dental cleaning that goes below the gum line. You may need local anesthesia to stay comfortable during the procedure. More advanced cases of the periodontal disease may require a tooth extraction. The tooth can be replaced with a dental implant or bridge.

Are You at Risk for Periodontal Disease? Contact Dr. John A. Garza.

To learn more about treatment for periodontal disease, dentures, teeth whitening and our other services, contact Dr. John A. Garza to schedule an appointment. You can also contact our office in Gilbert, Arizona, directly at (480) 539-7979.

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