Gum disease is one of the most prevalent health problems in America. Ironically, it’s also one of the easiest to prevent. However, if you get lazy about your oral health, you increase your risk of suffering from this disease.
Today, we’re going to take a deeper look at gum disease. We’ll go over what it is and how to avoid it. We’ll also touch on different treatment options that exist.
What is it?
Gum disease is what happens when the bacteria in your mouth take up residence in your gums. This causes them to become infected, which leads to decay of the gums and your teeth. Our team will usually make an official diagnosis after taking a look at your condition.
What does it cause?
As mentioned above, gum disease causes quite a few problems. Notably, it infects your gums. These are the supporting structures for your teeth. Without healthy gums, you end up with teeth that can easily become infected. That leads to tooth loss, decay, and death. That’s not to mention the harm to your gums and jaw bone.
How is it treated?
When you come to see Dr. Rafla for gum disease treatment, you’ll have a few options based on the severity of your disease. If you’re in the early stage – known as gingivitis – an antibiotic regimen and improved oral hygiene can help. In other situations, a root canal or surgery may be required. Our team here at Akram E. Rafla, DMD, PC in Worcester and Marlborough, Massachusetts, will work closely with you to determine the best course of action.
To learn more, or to make an appointment, call us today at 508.499.3566.