At Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Dental Clinic PC, we are concerned with the health of your entire mouth. While this obviously includes providing comprehensive care for your teeth, it involves your gums and soft tissues as well. And the periodontal care we provide is mainly focused on preventing problems.
Periodontal (or gum) disease is one of the most common oral health problems today. It is also one of the potentially most serious. While it begins as only a mild irritation, it can spread out of control and cause irreversible harm to gums, connective tissues, and bone. It is the leading cause for tooth loss in adults.
As with any health problem, it is better to prevent it than need to treat it. This is particularly true with gum disease since it can be irreversible. Fortunately, prevention is quite simple. Since gum disease is caused by plaque that accumulates in the mouth, the best way to prevent it is to remove that plaque with thorough daily oral hygiene. Regular cleanings at Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Dental Clinic PC are also vital, since they go deeper than brushing and flossing.
We also provide treatment for when gum disease develops. This can involve medication and various deep cleaning methods, including scaling and root planing. These remove plaque from under the gum line and help prevent it from building up in the future.
If you would like to learn more about preventing and treating gum disease, please call our office in Chicago, Illinois, today.