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You may already be aware that gum disease can cause tooth loss and bad breath, but did you know that if leaving gum disease untreated can result in health complications beyond just your smile? Since gum disease enables bacteria to invade your body through your mouth, it can affect conditions such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and respiratory infections. When it comes to treating gum disease, we offer many options for your oral and general health.

The main culprit of gum disease is plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, which your gums react to by becoming irritated and swollen, and this allows further deposits of plaque to accumulate below the gum line. From here, bacteria can invade the rest of your body and result in a serious infection.

Our dentist and dental team can help you make oral care and lifestyle changes to improve your condition depending on the severity of your disease. Advanced cases may require medication or even surgery.

If your gum disease is still in its early stages, we may be able to reverse the condition with a two-step deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, which typically requires two visits to Dr. Stephen Henry DDS. In scaling, we employ an instrument to remove tartar and bacteria from the surface of the teeth around and below your gum line. Then, often at a follow-up appointment, we smooth your tooth roots to discourage further infection.

The most effective way to treat gum disease is to prevent it come occurring, which you can do by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice every day and flossing daily. In addition, we encourage you to see your dentist regularly for dental exams and cleanings, though you may need to visit your dentist more often depending on your oral health.

If you have noticed symptoms of gum disease or would like to learn more about gum disease treatment in Foster City, California, we invite you to visit Dr. Stephen Henry DDS to speak with Dr. Stephen Henry. Call 650-341-5656 today to schedule your appointment!