f gum disease is allowed to occur and progress from its mildest form (“gingivitis”) to its most severe form (“periodontitis”), it will lead to inflammation, bleeding, and even tooth loss (by destroying the bone that supports the teeth). Of course, the best way to avoid tooth loss associated with gum disease is to floss and brush regularly and schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings. Once periodontitis takes hold, only professional treatment (scaling, root planing, and antibiotics) can eliminate it. However, promising new research has identified a gene (Del-1) that can prevent periodontal bone loss by inhibiting the activity of “osteoclasts,” cells that absorb bone tissue. Subsequent research is likely to lead to new treatments for periodontitis and other bone-damaging diseases.
Knowledge about gum disease is imperative to good dental health. If you are looking for a family dentist who understands the needs of everyone in your family as individuals and as patients, we hope you will consider us at West Brookfield Dental. If you need answers to questions about gum disease, or any other dental health care, don’t hesitate to contact us at 508.867.2777. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. Advanced periodontitis may necessitate gum-pocket reduction surgery, soft tissue grafts, and bone grafting.