Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease) Treatment in Central Sacramento, CA
Dental professionals can treat and prevent gum disease if caught in its early stages. It is estimated that over half of the population are not aware that they have gum disease. When left untreated, periodontal concerns can increase the potential for tooth loss and more serious health ailments such as heart disease or diabetes.
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Han Do provides gentle and effective treatment. The friendly and professional staff at Alhambra Dental Plaza maintain and restore the health and beauty of smiles for patients in the Sacramento area, including the communities of Midtown, Elk Grove, or Natomas.
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Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs when bacteria grow along and beneath the gum line. Brushing and flossing are effective ways to eliminate harmful bacteria. Still, there are many hard to reach areas in the smile where bacteria can lurk. Over time, bacteria produce plaque and tartar which are stubborn substances that can only be removed by a dental professional.
Smoking also compromises the health of gums. People who smoke are four times more likely to develop gum disease. Smoking reduces oxygen in the blood, which further escalates periodontal and overall health issues.
Dr. Do understands the importance of early intervention, and he prevents the progression of gum disease.
Treatment of Gum Disease
When left untreated, complications can lead to gingivitis. As bacteria develop under the gum line, swelling and inflammation occur. Gums often bleed, and bad breath may result. Gingivitis is reversible with the treatment of a dental professional. Dental hygienists have the appropriate equipment to scale off calculus that has built up on the tooth.
A more advanced form of gum disease is periodontitis. When the bacterial infection reaches the roots of the tooth, more significant treatment is required. When left unaddressed, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, complications of heart, and lung disease. After scaling the tooth root, root planing is performed. Planing smooths the surface of the root of the tooth. Root planning is done so the gum can grow back. Restored gums protect the tooth from further damage.
Experience the Warmth and Care of Dr. Han Do
For care and prevention, visit the dental offices at Alhambra Dental Plaza. Dr. Han Do is an expert at providing gentle and comprehensive dental care. Give Dr. Do a call to experience the knowledgeable and welcoming team at Dr. Do’s Sacramento Office.