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Devonshire, Bermuda dentist offers treatment for periodontal disease

You may hear a lot about gum disease on commercials for toothpaste and mouthwashes, but do you know what it is? Do you understand how it develops and how it is treated once diagnosed? Gum disease, also referred to as “periodontal disease,” is a dental infection that can cause significant damage to the health, appearance, and function of the smile. Additionally, it requires treatment to restore the smile effectively and reduce the infection that is present.

Understanding periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that reside in the mouth. When patients do not care for their smile by brushing and flossing their teeth, they may develop these bacteria in the mouth. It often affects the gum tissues first and can be easily spotted in the earliest stage called gingivitis. Treatment for gingivitis is usually a deep cleaning at the dental office and perhaps some prescription mouthwash to control the infection. Without a proper diagnosis, periodontal disease can spread and cause the loss of gum tissue, bone, and natural teeth.

Can you reverse periodontal disease?

Patients must understand that this condition, once it develops, cannot be cured. That is why prevention is key to reducing one’s risk of long-term oral health concerns linked to this condition. A dental professional often treats periodontal disease in a variety of ways. Treatment may include:

  • Gingivitis treatment with deep cleaning
  • Scaling and root planing procedures
  • Antibiotic medications

What can I do to avoid the development of periodontal disease?

Good oral health habits are critical to avoiding gum disease development. That includes brushing and flossing after every meal, visiting the dentist at least every six months for an evaluation and cleaning, and calling the dentist as soon as problems develop to get an early diagnosis and seek effective treatment.

Drs. Ian Campbell, Christopher Allington, and Lara Loescher of Positive Image Dental are pleased to provide periodontal disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention services for patients in and around the community. The office is located a minute away from town and can be reached by phone to book an appointment (441) 292-2312.