Gum (periodontal) disease is more prevalent than most people think—one out of every two adults over 30 years old have some degree of gum disease. One of the reasons gum disease is so common is because the symptoms can seem “natural,” like bleeding gums, or they may not be easily noticeable at all. Gum disease is caused by toxins from bacteria in your mouth that infect the gums and destroy the supporting jaw bone and teeth. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which is easily curable if caught early. However, if gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, which cannot be cured and only maintained. Periodontitis eventually leads to severe bone deterioration and the eventual loss of teeth. We encourage you to see your dentist every six months to catch potential gum disease early. We offer effective gum disease treatments to keep your oral health in ideal condition.
Bad breath (halitosis)
Inflamed, red gums
For those affected by periodontitis, a more habitual treatment is necessary to keep your mouth healthy. This periodontal maintenance involves routine cleaning visits to keep the infection in check and prevent it from spreading. This treatment typically consists of scaling and root planing treatment along with a cleaning above the gum line. We recommend that patients who require periodontal maintenance receive care every three months. With this routine cleaning, the effects of gum disease can be halted and controlled.
Dr. Papp cares about the health of his patient’s smiles and has provided compassionate dental care for the past 17 years. Gum disease treatments are common procedures we provide and our staff offer friendly, judgment-free care to each patient. We are a patient-centered dental practice and offer gentle care to keep your smile healthy and fresh for years to come.