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You probably know that gum disease can cause serious problems, but do you ever wonder what you can do if you have this issue? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do. Sadly. while severe instance of gum disease could require surgical help, most cases won’t.

Of course, between preventing gum disease and treating it, prevention is the better option. Fortunately, there are many things you can do from home to prevent this disease. One essential part of preventing gum disease is removing plaque and tartar (which is hardened plaque) from your teeth and gums. You can usually do this by brushing and flossing your teeth at home, but you’ll also need to visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning.

However, if you have gum disease, treatment is a far better choice than letting the condition worsen. In fact, did you know that gum disease can lead to problems such as heart disease, tooth loss, and tooth decay? Fortunately, there is something you can do to prevent this problem. For instance, you may need scaling and root planing. This process involves cleaning plaque from beneath your gums and from your teeth and can prevent gum disease. For other cases, Dr. Rossana T. Alfonso may recommend specified medication. Similarly, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits until your gum recover.

Unfortunately, if you have gum disease treated but then neglect your teeth, the problem could return. To avoid this situation, please remember to brush, floss, and visit your dentist every six months. Fortunately, if you follow these steps you can usually hold off gum disease.

If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact New Image Dentistry at 619.470.2558. We are excited to hear from you.