New Periodontal Treatments
When most people think about their dental health, they focus on the health of their teeth and the whiteness of their smile. While these factors are important, they are not the only aspect of your oral health that needs attention. Your gums must be healthy as well if you are going to avoid periodontal disease. Fortunately, should you get periodontal disease, your Northridge dentist has new periodontal treatments that can help you.
Periodontal disease is a gum infection that is caused by the bacteria in your mouth. When plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, harmful bacteria multiply and may infect the pockets under your teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cost you gum tissue and even cause tooth loss.
Traditionally, periodontal disease is treated with antibiotics and antimicrobial medications. While these medications help to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth, they may not eliminate the inflammation and gum tissue loss of a severe periodontal infection. This inflammation and loss of tissue is caused by the body’s immune response to the bacteria. Over time, the body’s own defenses become harmful. However, new treatments can reduce this immune response, reducing tissue inflammation as well as gum and bone loss.
In addition to groundbreaking treatments, your Northridge periodontist offers the latest screening technologies designed to catch periodontal disease before it becomes a severe problem. Diabetics and patients over the age of 65 benefit from regular screenings to ensure that their teeth and gums remain healthy. Regular brushing and flossing also help to prevent periodontal disease. Your dentist can monitor your oral health, as well as the effectiveness of your brushing and flossing technique, at your next regular checkup.
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