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How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth. This very common concern is typically caused by an accumulation of plaque, or a sticky film of bacteria, on the teeth and gums. When left untreated, periodontal disease can wreak havoc on a patient’s oral health, leading to problems like halitosis, gum recession, and – in more extreme cases – tooth loss.*

While the first stage of gum disease (gingivitis) can often be reversed with proper care, any more significant damage is generally permanent. For this reason, our skilled Bethesda dentists, Drs. Deborah Klotz and Robert Schlossberg, advise patients to be mindful of their periodontal health and take every precaution to stop gum disease before it progresses. 

Strategies that can help prevent gum disease include:

If you are diagnosed with gingivitis, you may be eligible for a non-surgical treatment, such as scaling, root planing, or antibiotic therapy with Arestin. Alternatively, if the condition has developed into periodontitis, a more intensive option (e.g. Diode laser therapy or Perio Protect® therapy) may be in order.

To learn more about preventing and combating gum disease, we invite you to contact Bethesda Sedation Dentistry!

Medical Resources* 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research