How To Ward Off Gum Disease With Laser Dentistry
The occurrence of gum disease in New Jersey is more common than you think. It affects most of us at some point in our lives. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications that are harder to address. Our dentists, Dr. Leonid and Alex Robinov, have helped many victims of gum disease at different levels of affliction. One of the most effective and renowned methods include the use of advanced laser dentistry.
What Is Gum Disease?
Most people have experienced the annoying feeling of swollen and bleeding gums. Although it is usually perceived to be caused by brushing your teeth too aggressively or one’s diet, this is not entirely true. The early-onset of gum disease, or gingivitis, occurs with the build-up of bacteria and plaque on your teeth. This can lead to the swelling of gums which bleed easily. The main culprit of gum disease is plaque. It is a sticky and off-putting substance with a gross consistency. Plaque is made up of bacteria from leftover food and salivary protein, which accumulate quickly on teeth. Left untreated, it can advance to a more detrimental form of gum disease known as periodontitis, which can cause gum reduction or tooth loss. Although you may be more prone to gum disease due to risk factors like poor nutrition or poorly monitored diabetes, it can happen to anyone at any age.
How To Prevent It
Symptoms of gum disease include, bad breath, shaky teeth, or even the drifting of teeth. How can we make sure to avoid these undesirable situations? Ultimately, the most effective treatment for gum disease is prevention. To ensure that it does not occur in the first place, proper oral hygiene habits are essential. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene by making sure that food particles and bacteria are removed before they attack the gums and cause infections. Lowering the chances of gum disease would require combining the right methods of consistent brushing and flossing your teeth, and the discipline to visit your dentist regularly.
Available Treatment Options
Due to factors out of our control, maintaining good oral hygiene habits does not mean that gum disease will not occur. The key to treatment is identifying the problem in its early stages. Fortunately, with early identification, gingivitis can be reversed with improved hygiene habits at home and regular cleaning at the dentist. When gum disease is at an early stage, it is still possible for the dental hygienist to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) with simple tools.
However, treatment for periodontitis is a different and more complicated story. A patient who is at this stage of gum disease might need to take oral medication, undergo surgery or laser treatment for their teeth. Surgery might include making incisions in the gums to sterilize the infection site, followed by suturing the gums back together to lower the risk of future infections. As such, laser treatment is a much more viable and less invasive procedure that is suitable for patients of all ages.