Periodontitis, or gum disease, is one of the most common oral health issues among adults. Proper oral hygiene and periodontal maintenance can be used to prevent gum disease from developing or progressing—but sometimes this is not enough.
When used alongside scaling and root planing (SRP), ARESTIN (minocycline HCI) Microspheres aggressively treats periodontal disease by targeting bacteria at the site. ARESTIN is an antibiotic that your dental professional can apply locally. It works to kill harmful bacteria that are often left behind by other treatments, such as SRP, as well as stop the progression of gum disease.
At Gonzales Dental, we incorporate ARESTIN into our deep teeth cleaning treatments to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality care. By utilizing effective, science-backed treatments, we can help you improve your oral health and achieve your best smile.
Learn more about ARESTIN dental care in Gonzales, or book an appointment for a deep cleaning service by calling us at (830) 971-0268 today.
Periodontitis, also known simply as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums. It typically causes moderate to severe soft tissue damage and, if not properly treated, can lead to bone damage and tooth loss.
Some common symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Gum tenderness
- Pain, especially when chewing
- Swollen gums
- Gums that are bright red, dark red, or purple
- Excess gum bleeding, including when flossing or brushing one’s teeth
- Receding gums, or teeth that appear longer
- Bad breath
- Visible pus between teeth and gums
- Development of space between the teeth
- Loose teeth
Because periodontitis can lead to serious health problems, including tooth loss, it is important that you see a dentist at the first sign of gum disease. Your dentist can also identify and diagnose periodontal disease during a regular dental examination or check-up.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Periodontitis, or gum disease, most often forms as a result of improper oral hygiene. Specifically, the development of plaque—a sticky, clear or pale-yellow film mostly comprised of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth—can develop into periodontal disease if it is not removed during regular teeth cleanings or similar treatments.
Generally speaking, gum disease typically results from the following:
- Plaque: While plaque does not directly cause gum disease, it is at the root of periodontitis. When plaque builds up, it can lead to tartar, which is more difficult to remove. This, in turn, can lead to early gum disease, inflammation, and other issues that may result in periodontitis.
- Tartar: Tartar, or calculus, occurs when plaque buildup hardens below the gum line. Unlike plaque, tartar cannot be removed with brushing and flossing and, instead, must be removed with professional teeth cleanings.
- Gingivitis: Gingivitis is a mild and relatively common form of gum disease involving inflammation and irritation of the gum tissue. Specifically, gingivitis occurs at the base of the teeth and, without proper professional and at-home treatment, can lead to more advanced gum disease.
- Inflammation: Untreated gum inflammation may lead to the development of small holes, or pockets, between the teeth and gums. As these pockets deepen, they fill with bacteria and may cause serious infections, gum loss, bone damage, and tooth loss.
Gum disease isn’t just bad for your oral health; it affects your immune system and can lead to other illnesses throughout the body. It is very important that you maintain proper at-home oral hygiene, as well as receive semi-annual professional dental treatment to remove plaque and tartar, target mild gum disease, and prevent serious health issues.
This is especially true if you have any risk factors for gum disease, such as:
- Being a smoker
- Using a vape
- Using chewing tobacco
- Having mild gum disease, such as gingivitis
- Experiencing hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause, etc.
- Using recreational drugs, including marijuana
- Having an illness that affects the immune system, such as cancer or HIV/AIDS
- Being obese
- Not getting adequate nutrition
- Having poor oral hygiene habits
- Taking certain medications with side effects including dry mouth
- Being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain other conditions
Genetics can also increase your risk of developing periodontitis and other types of gum disease. Our dentists at Gonzales Dental can provide personalized recommendations based on your medical history, current oral hygiene habits, and other factors to help improve your overall oral health and prevent the progression of serious gum disease.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
Although periodontitis is a serious health condition, the good news is that it is treatable. At Gonzales Dental, we utilize advanced techniques and scientifically proven methods, including ARESTIN antibiotic dental care, to help you achieve your healthiest, happiest smile.
The best treatment for gum disease is prevention. By preventing gum disease in the first place, you can avoid the many negative effects it has on your oral health and your immune system.
To prevent gum disease, we recommend that you:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Receive professional teeth cleanings at least twice a year
If you have excess tartar buildup or gum inflammation, we may also recommend a deep teeth cleaning, complete with ARESTIN, to target and kill bacteria that could cause serious gum disease and other oral health problems.
At Gonzales Dental, we provide highly personalized dental care tailored to each individual patient’s unique needs, concerns, and oral health goals. We accept all forms of PPO insurance, as well as Medicaid, and offer multiple payment plans and flexible financing options for those without traditional dental insurance. If you’re interested in our ARESTIN dental treatment in Gonzales, or you would like to schedule a general dental examination and check-up, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and welcoming team.
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