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Whitinsville Family Dentistry Provides Gum Disease Therapy for a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles

Gum disease is an infection of the gums caused by plaque that can very quickly spread to the bone that supports teeth. It usually starts in early adulthood, gradually causing the gums to recede and underlying bone to dissolve away. Once the disease advances to the point of dissolving bone, it is called periodontal disease. Most people think that cavities are the main reason for tooth loss, but the reality is that untreated gum disease accounts for the vast majority of extractions. The teeth may have no cavities, but if the bone that supports them becomes infected and starts to dissolve away, the teeth can become loose until they are finally lost.

Why is gum disease so serious?

Some of the most recent research has shown that patients with gum disease are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, complications with diabetes, respiratory disease, and even Alzheimer's disease. In fact, researchers have found that patients with gum disease are almost twice as likley to suffer from a heart attack as someone without gum disease.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Gum disease usually starts as a "silent disease" causing very little pain or discomfort. Some of the warning signs of gum disease include redness or puffiness of the gums, bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, and recession. Only your dentist can officially diagnose gum disease with a comprehensive periodontal evaluation, which we perform periodically during your regular check-up and cleaning appointments.

What treatments are available if I have gum disease?

Depending on your periodontal evaluation, gum disease treatment can be as simple as more frequent cleaning appointments or improvements in your daily home care. For more advanced gum disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning, localized antibiotic therapy such as Arestin, laser periodontal treatment, or a variety of perio-plastic surgeries. Depending on your specific condition and needs, we can help you find the treatment that best suits you.

The good news is that gum disease is totally preventable. Proper daily removal of plaque with daily flossing and brushing, as well as coming to our Whitinsville dental office for regular checkups and cleanings, can keep your smile clean and healthy. Contact our office for an exam and consultation about your gum health. We serve families from Uxbridge, Northbridge, Grafton, Whitinsville, other surrounding communities, keep gums healthy and smiles whole.

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