Preventing Gum Disease

Though about eighty percent of the population in the United States has gum disease, not all people are experiencing the same thing.  Mild gum disease is called gingivitis.  This can include sensitive gums that bleed easily or are red and swollen.  When allowed to progress, this form can develop into periodontitis.  Periodontitis is characterized by the gums pulling away from the tooth, creating pockets of infection.  The bone, connective tissue, and gum material can be damaged during this stage.  Dr. Peter F. Hazim can help patients in three ways relating to diseases related to the gums: prevention, inspections, and treatment.

Preventing gum disease saves you pain, embarrassment, and money later on in life.  It’s also pretty simple.  Good oral care helps keep your gums healthy and prevent decay.  The first step is to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.  This helps to remove plaque before it forms harder and more permanent deposits at the tooth service above and below the gum line.  The fluoride helps prevent decay.  To remove the plaque that forms between teeth, you have to floss regularly.  Bacteria in the mouth have been shown to promote diseases of the gum material.  So, an antimicrobial mouthwash or rinse can help get rid of one of the causes of gingivitis.

Of course, visiting the best dentist in Allen, Texas regularly for cleaning and preventative care also helps you avoid the pain of gum disease.  Dr. Hazim can also inspect your mouth, teeth, and gums for any signs of the start of gingivitis in order to catch the disease at its earliest stages.  Though advanced periodontitis usually requires surgery, when caught earlier, there are some less invasive treatments that can be applied right in Dr. Hazim’s office. One is a deep cleaning process to remove plaque deposits, bacteria, and clean out any infection.  Another involves a specific antibiotic.

The tetracycline family of antibiotics can help block a gum decaying enzyme when administered in very specific doses.  Other approaches such as soft skin grafting, crown lengthening, or flap surgery are sometimes necessary.  Maintenance therapy can be prescribed at our dental office in Allen.   Don’t let gum disease stop you in your tracks, take an offensive approach today.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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