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Treatment options available to patients with gum disease

Gum disease is a serious condition that needs to be addressed as soon as possible for the best results. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease can dramatically affect the health and wellness of the smile. Dr. Terry Vines of Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry believes in helping others in achieving a beautiful smile that is also healthy. This is because the health of the smile is a direct connection to the health of the body. Bacteria in the mouth can be carried through the blood stream to other organs in the body. It can cause patients to be at a higher risk for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. Maintaining a healthy smile is one way to reduce the risk of medical problems while enjoying healthy teeth and gums.

Patients who develop gum disease have a few treatment options available to them. When the initial stages of gum disease are present, such as gingivitis, patients are only dealing with mild infection. It can cause their breath to smell bad even after brushing their teeth and can result in bleeding and inflammation of the gum tissue. The gum tissue can also be red and swollen. When patients are diagnosed with gingivitis, treatment often requires a professional cleaning of the teeth and gums. This can remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, which can affect the health of the smile.

When periodontal disease has been left untreated, it can continue to progress into a more serious concern. Periodontal disease in the later stages can result in the development of irreversible damage such as shrinking gum tissue, diminishing bone, and lost teeth. Patients who have later stages of periodontal disease need to see Dr. Terry Vines for a proper diagnosis and then discuss treatment options. In many cases, antibiotics may need to be taken orally or applied topically, and patients may need to undergo a procedure known as scaling and root planing. This is more invasive and is only done for the later stages of periodontal disease.

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