According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 50% of adults exhibit symptoms of gum disease. This serious dental issue affects millions of Americans. Over time, gum disease can even lead to tooth loss, hindering the appearance and stability of your smile. Thankfully, at Viva Dental Family Dentistry, we offer procedures to diagnose and treat periodontitis. In today’s blog, your Dallas dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, answers common questions about gum disease.

Gum Disease Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Will a dental cleaning helps prevent gum disease?

Answer: Yes. During a cleaning, the dental hygienists will remove the layers of plaque buildup from your teeth. This process brightens teeth and freshens breath, along with preventing gum disease. Plaque irritates the gums, causing inflammation, or gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to the onset of periodontal disease.

Question: Should I undergo a cleaning once every six months?

Answer: Yes. The American Dental Association recommends receiving a dental cleaning once every six months. For patients more susceptible to developing gum problems, Dr. Truong may recommend more frequent visits.

Question: Does my Dallas TX general dentist offer treatment for periodontal disease?

Answer: Yes. Dr. Truong offers root planing and deep scaling to address gum disease. Gum contouring involves the use of dental lasers to reshape the gums. This procedure also allows Dr. Truong to remove infected tissue with minimal discomfort.

Question: Can routine dental care aid in the prevention of gum disease?

Answer: Yes. By maintaining good dental habits, such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, you can help prevent gum disease. These simple actions assist in cleansing the mouth of harmful bacteria and stray food particles, decreasing the risk of gum disease.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Dallas TX General Dentist

Are you experiencing one or more of the common symptoms of gum disease? Then talk to your Dallas TX general dentist today. Dr. Truong can diagnose your periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment. Contact Dr. Truong, today by calling our Richardson office at 972-437-6000. Patients can also make an appointment with our West Dallas dentist office, near Cockrell Hill, Irving, and Grand Prairie at (214) 337-7800. At Viva Dental Family Dentistry, we offer our patients the latest in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. We are proud to serve patients in the 75211 and 75080 zip codes, and surrounding neighborhoods.