Eye Smile Dental – LaSalle Family Dentist

2055 Sandwich W Pkwy, (Behind Windsor Crossing)

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Periodontal Care - Gum Therapy:

Gum Therapy
Gum Therapy, also known as Scaling and Root Planing (SRP), stands out as the premier solution for addressing gum disease. This specialized treatment involves a meticulous cleaning journey between your gums and teeth, reaching down to the roots. A touch of local anesthetic may be used to help lull your gums and teeth into a relaxed state for the procedure. For those grappling with gum (periodontal) disease, undergoing this procedure is a crucial step on the path to dental wellness.

What is Gum (Periodontal) Disease?
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is an infection affecting the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. It stands as a prominent contributor to adult tooth loss, often sneaking in without causing noticeable pain. The primary culprit behind gum disease is plaque, a sticky bacterial film that consistently forms on the teeth. These bacteria release toxins capable of causing damage to the gums. In the initial stage known as gingivitis, symptoms include redness, swelling, and easy bleeding of the gums. Fortunately, at this point, the disease is reversible, and diligent daily brushing and flossing can often eliminate it. It is important to catch gum disease in this stage before it progresses into more severe stages, called periodontitis, in which teeth can become loose and fall out.

If you notice any of the following signs of gum disease, see your dentist immediately:
● New spacing between teeth (caused by bone loss)
● Loose teeth
● Receding gums (loss of gum around a tooth)
● Tenderness or Discomfort
● Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
● Red, swollen or tender gums
● Bad breath that doesn’t go away


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