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You probably know that you could have to deal with gum disease if you don’t care for your teeth well. However, did you know that even if you do practice great oral hygiene, you could still need to face this issue? Gum disease can be caused by a number of issues, including illnesses and genetics. And since many individuals don’t know they have gum disease, they could eventually have to face periodontitis as well.

If bacteria gets beneath your gum line you could have to cope with a gum infection known as periodontitis. Sadly, periodontitis can lead to a number of serious issues. In fact, if you have periodontitis, your gums and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place could be damaged. As you may have guessed, this issue can eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis can only be properly treated by a dental professional.

You should also know that if gum disease gets too serious, you may need surgery to reverse it. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments you can consider before surgery becomes a necessity. Improved oral hygiene could be enough to address gum disease. Often, a routine cleaning is enough to help you prevent or fight off gum disease. In more severe cases, our team could recommend a deep clean, which is also called scaling and root planing.

Are you worried about gum disease or about the health of your smile in general? Do you have more questions about how you can prevent gum disease? Are you simply hoping to schedule a checkup with our dentist, Dr. Patrick L. Huston, DDS, MSD? If so, our team at OC Advanced Periodontics invites you to give us a call at 714-730-7877. We’ll be happy to examine the health of your smile and offer you any personalized advice you need. We look forward to hearing from you soon!