Gum disease or periodontal disease, a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue, is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting approximately 80 percent of people at some point in their life, which often goes unnoticed for many years.

As an integral part of our comprehensive dental care, diagnosing and treating periodontal disease in its early stages is very important to us. If we believe that your periodontal condition requires treatment by a specialist, you will be referred to a periodontist, who we work closely with to resolve and/or stabilize your periodontal health. An accurate diagnosis depends on having the proper x-rays, health history and clinical exam to determine both the causative factors and the extent of the disease process.

Feedback from you is also important, so please let us know if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: red, swollen or tender gums; bleeding while brushing or flossing; gums that pull away from teeth; loose or separating teeth; drainage from infection between the gum and tooth; persistent bad breath; or change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.

Since bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth,is recognized as the primary cause of gum disease, regular dental hygiene visits are imperative to remove this causative factor. When plaque calcifies in your mouth into calculus, the periodontal disease process is well on its way. There are many other contributing factors to periodontal disease, including heredity, smoking, poor nutrition, stress and other diseases that interfere with the body's immune system which are sometimes more difficult to control.

Dr. Sy, working closely with our professional dental hygienists, will design a personalized program for you to help prevent periodontal disease from developing or to minimize the negative effects of the disease process that already exists. Our hygienists are all expertly trained in the recognition of periodontal disease and whether they recommend scaling and root planning for you or antimicrobials, you can rest assured that you will be well cared for.

Remember that removing plaque through daily brushing, flossing and professional cleaning and examinations is the best way to minimize your risk.



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