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Artistic Smiles
Angela Gonzalez, D.D.S.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Disease Treatment

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Dr. Angela Gonzalez knows that informed patients tend to experience fewer oral health problems. When you understand the benefits of dentistry and the consequences of putting off needed dental treatment, you'll be more motivated to be proactive with your oral health.

That is why the team at Artistic Smiles, always welcomes and encourages your questions. We will thoroughly explain why you need dental treatment, and we use technology like digital x-rays and intraoral cameras so you can clearly see the problem for yourself. If anything isn't clear to you, just let us know, and we'll take the time to explain it in detail until you feel confident about making a treatment decision.

Many of the questions we hear most frequently at our Nassau Bay, TX dental office are listed below. If you don't see the information you need, please call us at (281) 316-8900, and we'll be happy to assist you.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Preventing periodontal (gum) disease begins by taking your oral health seriously. Do not neglect your teeth and gums by forgetting to brush and floss. Brushing and flossing is your first line of defense against this destructive, common condition. You should also receive regular checkups so that we can catch periodontal disease in its earliest stages along with preventing tartar buildup with twice-a-year teeth cleanings.

Please call our Nassau Bay, TX dental office to arrange your next appointment.

Periodontal disease involves the irritation, inflammation, and infection of gingival tissue. When left untreated, periodontal disease can advance to an incurable stage that erodes and destroys oral tissue. In fact, periodontal (gum) disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adulthood.

How Gum Disease Starts

The leading cause of gum disease is Inadequate oral hygiene. When we neglect our oral hygiene, substances like tartar develop. Tartar is full of bacteria, and when it builds up around the gum line, it inflames gum tissue. Since you can’t eliminate tartar buildup with brushing and flossing, it must be removed by one of our dental hygienists, or it will lead to gum disease. Other factors that contribute to gum disease are hormonal fluctuations, smoking, and genetics.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the treatable, milder form of gum disease. When detected early on, gingivitis is reversible and curable. Most of the time, improved oral hygiene and specialized teeth cleanings called “scaling and root planing” is enough to stop the condition from advancing.

Those with more advanced cases of gum disease called periodontitis may require surgery, medication, and tissue grafts. If you have advanced gum disease, the goal of treatment is to control the condition so that it doesn’t destroy your oral health.

Please Call for an Appointment

Scheduling routine dental exams and teeth cleanings at our Nassau Bay dental practice is essential if you want to avoid gum disease. Please call Artistic Smiles to schedule an appointment.

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