When there’s an infection in a tooth, the patient has a cavity, and needs a filling. When there’s an infection in the gums, the patient has gingivitis, or gum disease.
Many people don’t realize that gum disease can be far more damaging than tooth decay. As gum disease progresses, the gums begin to recede away from the teeth. There’s less tissue available to hold the teeth in place. Eventually, the teeth may begin to fall out. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. As a dentist in Seattle, Dr. Caggiano sees many cases of gum disease.
Can Gum Disease Be Treated?
There are treatments for gum disease. If you have gum disease, then your dentist in Seattle will recommend that you come in for more frequent cleanings – every four months, every three months, or even once a month in severe cases – until the disease is under control. Once your gums are healthy again, you’ll be able to go back to the regular schedule of once every six months.
Treatments called scaling and root planing are used to treat gum disease. Scaling involves deep cleaning of the teeth, including below the gum line, removing as much plaque as possible. This removes calculus (hardened plaque, which regular brushing and flossing can’t eliminate), leading to healthier and less inflamed gums.
Root planing is a technique of smoothing the roots of the teeth. Rough patches on the tooth roots can harbor bacteria and are hard to clean. Smoothing them reduces the number of bacteria and prevents them from growing there again in the future.
Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?
Gum disease can be prevented in many cases. Good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing thoroughly every day, is very important and can help to prevent gum disease. It’s also important to go to your dentist every six months for your checkup. Your professional cleaning will help to remove the bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease, and your dentist in Seattle will look for signs of gum disease or other problems with your oral health.
Gum Disease Treatment By
Your Dentist In Seattle
If you have any signs of gum disease, then it’s very important to get it treated as soon as possible, to avoid long-term consequences. Even if you don’t have gum disease, prevention includes visiting your dentist regularly. If you’re seeking an excellent dentist in Seattle, Dr. Mark Caggiano of Seattle’s Best Smiles would be happy to meet you. He offers sedation dentistry in Seattle, so if you feel nervous when you go to the dentist, he can help. Please contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Caggiano.