One of the most common problems that are affecting American mouths is the infection and inflammation of our gum tissue. This condition is known as periodontal disease, and it is found in at least 47% of adult mouths in this country over the age of thirty. It begins as gingivitis, which may show as redness or swelling at the site. If you begin to notice this, speak with your oral health provider about ways to keep your smile looking and feeling great.
But for many people, gum recession has already set in. Many people are unaware that this does not readily regrow, so home remedies may only do so much good. For this reason, it is vital that you take this concern to a professional rather than rely on what you may be able to do at home. Today, your Cerritos, CA dentist shows you how we can help to stop the progression of your periodontal disease. Not only that, but what procedures are available to you to refresh your gumline and give you the strongest and safest smile possible!
One of the best things to take into consideration with your oral health is a strong stance in preventing damage before it has a chance to occur. This means keeping to a strict set of routine oral health guidelines at home. Twice-daily brushing, regular flossing, and the use of an oral rinse should be the foundation of your care. This means being diligent, and never going to sleep at night with fresh food in your teeth!
Proper preventive care also includes gaining as much knowledge as possible about concerning symptoms. For instance, if you start seeing blood when you brush, it may be a serious sign. Often, patients will feel that maybe they are overbrushing, when in actuality it is the beginning of periodontal disease.
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It can also be vital within your oral health path to understand when you do not have all the tools to keep your smile looking and feeling as best as it can. In these times, do not avoid the dentist. Waiting usually means more extensive damage, requiring more invasive procedures to correct. So taking the time when things are minimal can save you time and money in the long run!
For those with advanced periodontal disease, the most helpful procedure is a gum graft. There are a few different methods to this process, starting with a free gingival graft, or a keyhole procedure. This begins with the cleaning of the site and removal of any damaged tissue. Then your healthy remaining gum matter is stretched to cover the location. If another site is needed to ensure that enough tissue is available, it can come from the soft palate or another area within your own mouth!
ABOUT YOUR CERRITOS, CA, ORAL SURGEON:
Dr. Shawn Hofkes and the staff at Cerritos Dental Surgery are highly qualified to address complex issues, including those that require oral surgery to correct. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.