North Hollywood area dentist describes treatment for gum disease
Gum disease is a serious, yet avoidable, condition that many patients in the area of North Hollywood may have. Often known as periodontal disease, this problem can arise in both children and adults. Once it has developed, it cannot be cured, only controlled. This is why every dentist talks to patients about good oral hygiene at home every day. Patients who care for their smiles with brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will often avoid developing periodontal disease.
Gum disease is an infection that starts in the mouth. It is caused by bacteria that begins to build up in the mouth. Most patients who experience the early stages of gum disease – called gingivitis – will notice their gums becoming red and swollen. They will often experience bleeding when brushing and flossing, and they may struggle with persistent bad breath. These are the first signs of gum disease, and patients should make an appointment with their dentist for an evaluation. If gum disease is diagnosed, treatment options are discussed.
Treatment for gum disease varies, depending on the stage of the condition. The early stage of gingivitis is often reversible. It requires a cleaning at the dental office to remove bacteria as well as plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Some patients may undergo a round of antibiotics, or the dentist can apply antibiotics directly to the gum tissue. Once the condition is controlled, patients will need to see their dentist on a regular basis to ensure it does not develop again.
Later stages of gum disease often need more invasive treatment. This may include scaling and root planing. Root planing is a procedure during which the dentist will remove bacteria from even the roots of the teeth by going underneath the gum tissue. This is the only way to get the smile back to health and avoid future problems including tooth loss.
If you believe you are at risk for gum disease or have already developed it, now is a great time to visit the dentist for an evaluation and to discuss possible treatment options. At A-Dental Center, we have a wide range of solutions for every dental concern possible. Dr. Fadi Edmond Elzayat is proud to welcome new patients into his state-of-the-art practice for optimum care and attention.