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Gum Disease Cincinnati OH

Periodontal TherapyAn Overview

Gum disease is a common dental health concern that left untreated can impact a patients systemic health. Children and adults and susceptible to developing gum disease and should take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of disease-causing bacteria. Good oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and biannual dental cleanings help keep gums healthy.

Gum disease does not discriminate, everyone is at risk of developing periodontal disease. There are certain risk factors that increase your risk of gum disease. Patient with higher risk factors for gum disease may consider visiting the dentist more often for cleanings to help control the spread of bacteria.

Common Risk Factors for Gum Disease:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Certain medications
  • Hormonal changes (pregnancy or menopause)

Gum disease is often called a  “silent disease”. Gum disease often does not show any signs or symptoms until the later stages of the disease. The best way to prevent the progression of gum disease is by visiting the dentist at least twice a year. Routine dental cleanings help manage oral bacteria preventing additional damage to the gums, teeth, and jaw.

Common Symptoms of Gum Disease:

  • Red, swollen or sore gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Changes in the fit of dentures

Left untreated gum disease develops into periodontal disease. At this stage, bacteria can spread to the bloodstream causing a chain reaction of systemic health complications. Patients with late stages of gum disease commonly have a higher risk of tooth loss, diabetes, heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and other serious health conditions.

Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

Treatment for gum disease will depend on the stage of gum disease, and the impact it has made on the health of the gums, jaw, and teeth.  Dr. Kaplan takes into consideration a patient’s medical and dental history as well as a thorough oral health examination. Based on Dr. Kaplan’s diagnosis he will make recommendations for a treatment plan.

For many patients, a deep cleaning called a scaling and root planing can help remove bacteria from the gums. During this procedure, Dr. Kaplan will remove plaque and tartar from the gum pockets. The gums are thoroughly cleaned so they may begin to heal.

Dr. Kaplan may also recommend anti-bacterial rinses for at home treatment inbetween dental cleanings. Patients who experience bleeding gums may benefit from visiting the dentist for more frequent cleanings.

Dr. Kaplan DMD

Why choose Marvin N. Kaplan DMD?

Marvin Kaplan DMD is a Cincinnati native and active member of our local community. For over 35 years, he has been providing the highest standard of dental care in a courteous, compassionate manner. Dr. Kaplan practices relationship-based dentistry helping patients receive high-quality dentistry in a welcoming and encouraging environment.

From routine preventative dental services to advanced dental solutions for complex concerns, Dr. Kaplan and out entire dental care team offer patients the benefit of experience, training and a commitment to excellence in dentistry.

Dr. Kaplan and our entire dental care team welcome new patients and families to our comfortable, state of the art cosmetic dentist office located in Cincinnati, OH. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kaplan, call our office at (513) 540-4630 or request a comprehensive exam using our convenient online form.