Gum Therapy

Why may someone need gum therapy?
Generally a patient would need gum therapy due to incidence of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. This is a common issue among many people which occurs when the gums become infected and inflamed, leading to pain, bleeding, and eventually tooth loss if left untreated.
There are many reasons why someone may need gum therapy, but some of the most common causes include:

  • Poor oral hygiene: Neglecting to brush and floss daily can lead to a buildup of plaque and tartar, which can cause gum disease.
  • Genetics: Some people may be more susceptible to gum disease due to genetics.
  • Smoking: Smoking can decrease blood flow to the gums, making it harder for them to fight off infection.
  • Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause, can make gums more sensitive and vulnerable to infection.
  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, can weaken the immune system and make it more difficult for the gums to fight off infection.
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What type of gum therapy exists?

There are several types of gum therapy available, including:

  • Scaling and root planing: This is the most common type of gum therapy and involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line.
  • Antibiotic therapy: This type of therapy involves the use of antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing the gum infection.
  • Surgery: In severe cases of gum disease, surgery may be necessary to remove infected tissue and promote healing.
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Why is it important to have gum therapy done?

Having gum therapy done is important for several reasons, including:

  • Preventing tooth loss: Gum disease can lead to tooth loss if left untreated, so gum therapy can help prevent this from happening.
  • Improving overall health: Gum disease has been linked to several serious health issues, such as heart disease and stroke, so treating it can improve overall health.
  • Maintaining a confident smile: People with gum disease may be self-conscious about their appearance, so gum therapy can help improve their confidence.

Gums (also called Gingiva) play an important roll in your oral and overall health. Maintaining healthy gums are critical to prevent tooth loss, improve overall health and maintain a confident smile. We can help you determine whether you need gum therapy and the best course of treatment for your specific needs.

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