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Did you know that almost half of Americans over 30 have periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease? Many more have less-serious stages of gum disease, meaning that a majority of American adults deal with periodontal disease of some kind. Gum disease isn’t something that will just work itself out after a while. It requires proper treatment in order to stop and potentially be reversed.

If you notice early enough, a more rigorous home care regimen may do the trick in stopping it. Since it is caused by plaque, removing the plaque typically stops its progress. A professional cleaning with Dr. Lynh Pham more can remove any plaque that you miss or can’t access. Regular cleanings and checkups help prevent gum disease from ever developing.

As gum disease advances, the gums actually pull away from teeth and form pockets where plaque gathers. This can only be removed with specialized deep cleaning methods like scaling and root planing. Scaling is used to remove plaque and tartar from these pockets, where they further irritate gums and release toxins into the body. Root planing is then used to smooth the surfaces of tooth roots, making it more difficult for bacteria and plaque to accumulate in the future. Often, these stop the progress of gum disease.

Antibiotics may also be recommended for patients with gum disease, and gum surgery may be necessary for those with advanced cases. But prevention with effective oral hygiene is certainly the best option. To learn more about gum disease prevention and treatment, please call Smiley Dental Camp Bowie in Ft. Worth, TX, today.