Gum disease is actually one of the most common oral health problems adults face today. Through Dr. Gerov’s expertise in various proactive gum treatments and preventative measures, Dr. Gerov can help patients stop the unwanted bacteria that cause gum disease in its tracks.
Studies have shown a connection between untreated gum disease and health problems such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, as well as complications with diabetes and pregnancy. By taking care of your gums, you are protecting not only your oral health; you are taking a proactive step to defend your overall health, too.
At Healthy Smiles Dentistry, we employ the most effective means to prevent and treat gum disease. The first measure is through comprehensive dental cleanings and detailed exams. Dr. Gerov and her staff are also seasoned in scaling and root planing, which is the meticulous removal of plaque and calculus from tooth surfaces. Scaling and root planing can be done in conjunction with Arestin therapy (an antibiotic treatment that eliminates the bacteria that causes gum disease) in patients that need it. Then, after a re- evaluation, Dr. Gerov may refer patients to an expert periodontist if it is found to be necessary.
A regular habit of brushing, flossing, and rinsing is a key component to gum health. Like the teeth, the gums play a significant role in your oral health equation. Waterpik devices and mouthwash can help you maintain healthy gums, though they are no substitute for brushing and flossing. You should schedule your biannual cleanings and exams in order to detect and treat any potential gum disease before it can do any damage, and so that we can work together to ensure the integrity of your smile.