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Gum Disease FAQ


What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, our we will teach you the proper brusheing and flossing techniques. Good Oral Hygiene/Home Care is the best wayy to prevent the Periodontal Disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as ‘gingivitis’. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Once the bacteria begin to affect the bone around the teeth it is called periodontitis .Noticeable symptoms can appear including:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss


How Do YouTreat Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of Periodontal Cleanings, Root Planing & Scaling, and Local Antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal Surgery is only necessary for severe cases.

What should I do to prevent gum disease?
Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By keeping to a daily routine and regular check ups with Dr. Buchalter you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.


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