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Preserve Your Gums with Periodontal Therapy in Spring Hill

woman smiling sitting by lakeGum disease is exactly what it sounds like – a chronic disease that affects the gum tissue. It results from a buildup of plaque and bacteria in the mouth, and once it takes hold, it can be very difficult to control. If you have gum disease, fear not! Family Dental Associates is committed to helping you maintain your oral health. Our deep cleanings and periodontal treatments are thorough, effective, and gentle.

close shot of white smileFacts About Gum Disease

  • 80% of adults have some form of gum disease
  • 70% of tooth loss is attributed to gum disease
  • 42% of dentists say gum disease is the most pressing oral health issue
  • 20% higher healthcare costs are normal for people with gum disease

In addition, gum disease has been linked to such systemic illnesses as heart disease, diabetes, and low birth-weight babies. In fact, people with unregulated gum disease are TWICE as likely to develop heart disease.

Found and treated in the early stage, gum disease can be thwarted before it gets out of control. Our dental hygienist will examine your gums and record important information at your cleaning visits. If she finds that you are prone to gum disease or have the condition, she’ll recommend treatment. Most often, scaling, root planing, and antibiotic therapy during a “deep cleaning” appointment will effectively eliminate the infection. Then, we’ll monitor your gums at three-month recall visits until your gums return to their optimal health.

If your gums are red, swollen, puffy, tender, or bleed whenever you brush your teeth, you may already have gum disease, so be sure to contact our office today to get treatment. The earlier we catch it, the easier it will be to treat!