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How to Prevent Gum Disease from Getting Worse

Despite brushing and flossing regularly, almost half of American adults aged 30 and older have at least one form of periodontal (gum) disease.

Gingivitis and periodontal disease can often be treated successfully at their earliest stages. Don’t let them progress any further than they already have. Please schedule an appointment with us today for treatment.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Gum disease can cause several different symptoms, including:

  • Sore gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Tooth loss

However, many of the symptoms listed above can also be caused by other oral health issues. If you think you might have gum disease, it’s essential to see us for an examination.

Gum disease has several causes.

Gum disease occurs when there are too much bacteria in your mouth. Plaque builds up on the surfaces of your teeth, and gingivitis develops if not treated.

Brushing your teeth regularly helps prevent gum disease because the bacteria in your plaque consume the sugars and starches left behind in your mouth from eating.

To keep your teeth healthy, you must see your dentist regularly. During your next preventive care appointment at Zen Dental, we can examine your gums for any early warning signs of tooth decay. We can then recommend steps to help prevent further damage to your teeth.

We look after patients’ best interests by collecting their medical and dental histories prior to them arriving at our practice.

Is Gum Disease Reversible?

Gingivitis, or early gum disease, can usually be prevented by brushing twice daily and floss¬≠ing once daily. We can remove plaque and tartar during our visits, and we’ll be able to monitor your oral health at your home.

If you’re suffering from advanced gum disease, we can perform scaling and root planing to help prevent some serious consequences, including receding gums and tooth loss.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Deep cleaning the gum pockets and smoothing out the tooth roots helps prevent further infection. Scaling and root planing remove plaque from the surface and encourages the gums and teeth to reattach.

Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time.

Brush twice daily, and visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular exams and cleanings. We provide dental services in and around the Deerfield, IL community. Contact us today or visit us today. 

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