Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that primarily focus on the treatment and prevention of gum disease. Dr. Alla Brown is a general dentist who provides periodontal treatment for patients at her Buford, Georgia dental office.
About Gum Disease
Gum disease is a wide spread problem that affects an estimated 75% of the American adult population. Studies show that the key to healthy gums is through a daily routine of brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist for professional teeth cleaning and examinations.
The leading cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Periodontal treatment is a conservative approach to preserving the natural tooth. Routine visits to the dentist allow Dr. Brown to identify problems in their earliest stages and prevent future damage.
What Causes Gum Disease?
While poor oral hygiene is a primary cause of gum disease, there are a number of other contributing factors including:
- Age and genetic predisposition
- Pregnancy and hormonal changes in women
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Poor nutrition, obesity or disease such as diabetes
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Often called a “silent disease” may people are affected by gum disease without experiencing pain or obvious symptoms. Common signs of gum disease may include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus between gums and teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Changes in the bite or fit of dentures
Gum Disease Treatment
Treatment for gum disease ranges depending on your condition. Ideally, periodontal treatment is preventive. However, it is common for patients to have some signs of gum disease, in which case, Dr. Brown may perform scaling or root planing to remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets in the gums.
Unfortunately, in some cases a tooth extraction may be necessary if gum disease is advanced. Most extractions can be performed in our office.
Of course, tooth loss is a major concern surrounding gum disease. It is important to know, though, that gum disease is also a contributing factor in a number of serious health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy related problems.
Schedule Your Visit With Dr. Brown
Prevention is the best way to combat gum disease. Contact Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford, Georgia to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown and establish a strong oral health routine.