Periodontal disease is a progressive oral health concern that can have detrimental effects on your oral and overall physical health if left untreated. Periodontal disease occurs when plaque builds up above and below the gum line an don the teeth. As the bacteria grows, the gums become increasingly irritated and inflamed. Over time, the gum tissue begins to break down which may cause the teeth to shift. In advanced cases, the gum tissue and bone structure can break down, no longer supporting the teeth and leading to the development of more complex problems.
Westborough family and general dentist Dr. Tufa offers comprehensive preventive dental care and periodontal therapy services to address all stages of gum disease in children and adults. Dr. Tufa can create a personalized treatment plan and assess your risk for gum disease to help improve and maintain your oral health.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is preventable with healthy oral health habits and routine visits to our dental office.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing your teeth helps remove bacteria, food particles, and debris from the mouth.
- Floss between the teeth. Flossing at least once a day can help removes food and debris that may be hidden between the teeth.
- Use mouthwash.
- Visit the dentist regularly.
We recommend that patients visit our dental office at least twice a year for preventive care exams. During your preventive care exam, Dr. Tufa will thoroughly examine the teeth, gums, mouth, and bone structure for any signs of gum disease. If gum disease is found during your preventive care exam, we will recommend appropriate care to eliminate the infection and restore any damage to the teeth and gums.