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Gum disease is one of the most dangerous dental issues in the world today, and you need to take it very seriously. This is important because if you ignore it, it can completely destroy your smile and oral health. This disease first involves red, swollen and tender gums that bleed often. Then, it involves receding gums, the formation of gum pockets, loose teeth and lost teeth.

To tell you a little more about gum disease in Geneva, Illinois, our dentist, Dr. Kamy Noruzi, is happy to tell you about the causes and treatments of the disease.

Causes

The major cause of gum disease is plaque. Plaque is a white, sticky film that clings to the teeth and gumline. It even hides between teeth. If you fail to remove it daily, it builds up and bothers the gums. If it’s still left untreated, it can turn into tartar and infect the smile. The tartar will make the gums pull away from the teeth, exposing the roots and creating gum pockets. Lastly, the tartar will spread to the underlying bone and deteriorate it, causing loose and lost teeth.

Treatments

The treatments available depend on the stage of the disease. For the first stage (gingivitis), a professional dental cleaning should do the trick. For the second stage (periodontitis), scaling and root planing, laser therapy, gum grafts, bone grafts and other restorative treatments will likely be necessary.

To learn more about gum disease or to schedule an appointment at Fox River Periodontics, PC, please contact 630-232-7400 now. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you!