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When it comes to maintaining good oral health and a radiant smile, it’s more than just caring for your teeth. Periodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on that soft tissue around your teeth: the gums. At Lakewood Dental Arts, we offer periodontal care for all of our patients, protecting them from periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.

What Is Gum Disease & What Causes It?

Gum disease is an infection that starts in the gums, caused by bacteria and plaque buildup. Just like how plaque can break down your teeth and cause tooth decay, it can cause damage to your gums, manifesting as inflammation and irritation. In more severe cases, since the tissue supporting your teeth is damaged, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and bone damage. Things that can lead to gum disease include:

  • Smoking & Tobacco Use
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Medications
  • Diabetes
  • Poor Nutrition

How To Treat & Prevent Gum Disease.

The best way to prevent the development of gum disease is a comprehensive and consistent oral hygiene routine. If you brush your teeth twice per day, floss, and rinse with mouthwash, you will clear away most bacteria and food particles that can turn into harmful plaque.  Also, making sure that you come to your regularly scheduled dental appointment here at Lakewood Dental Arts, so your hygienist can perform a thorough cleaning, clearing away any plaque and leaving your teeth perfectly clear.  Beyond just preventing gum disease, this routine can help reverse light cases of Gingivitis.

For those that are already suffering from more severe stages of gum disease, periodontal surgery may be recommended to get you back into good oral health. . We may also advise different procedures, like pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts or bone regeneration treatment to combat gum disease. If you have lost teeth because of advanced periodontal disease, dental implants are always an option to replace lost teeth.

Contact Lakewood Dental Arts For An Appointment Today

If you have any questions about gum disease, how you can prevent it, or if you’re seeking treatment for your gum disease, our experienced doctors and friendly staff are ready to help you! All you have to do is contact us and schedule your appointment to get back on the path to good oral health. Don’t suffer from gum disease any longer, and come to Lakewood Dental Arts!