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Periodontal Therapy for Gum Disease

Periodontal therapy at Houlik Family Dentistry includes a variety of treatments for gum disease.  Periodontal therapy restores healthy teeth and gums and prevents tooth loss.  Surgical and non-surgical treatments are among the options. While the least invasive procedure is generally preferred, the best treatment option depends on the specifics of your case.

Prevent Periodontal Disease

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to practice consistently good oral hygiene. See your dentist twice a year, floss every day, use mouthwash regularly and brush your teeth at least twice a day. While you can’t change risk factors like genetics and certain illnesses, lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of gum disease. 

Limit the sugars in your diet and avoid tobacco use, both damage tissues in the mouth. If you’re still struggling with gum health despite good oral hygiene, consider brushing after every meal. Improving the health of your teeth and protecting them from irreversible damage is always worth the extra effort.

Periodontal Disease Causes and Treatments

Periodontal disease has a variety of causes, including poor oral hygiene, smoking and diet. Other risk factors are less controllable, such as family history and chronic illnesses like diabetes or cancer. Even advanced stages of periodontal disease are often painless, making it hard for patients to spot. 

Regular exams and cleanings at Houlik Family Dentistry keep your mouth and body healthy. Detect periodontal disease early.  Signs of gum disease include bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, gums that are red, swollen or bleed when you brush or floss. More serious indicators include receding gums, teeth that are loose or shifting and pockets forming between your teeth and gums.