Periodontics

Dentist in Cambridge

Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammation and infection of the gum tissues. It includes the stages commonly known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

When plaque and tartar are left untreated on teeth and gums, gum disease may develop. Your child can reduce their risk of gum disease by brushing twice and flossing once every day. They should also have a dental exam and professional cleaning at least twice each year.

Gingivitis includes a variety of mild to moderate symptoms, such as:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gums bleeding from normal brushing or eating
  • Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
  • Difficulty or pain chewing

Periodontitis is a more advanced form of gum disease. In this case, gums begin to pull away from teeth, creating small “pockets” along the gum line. Tooth loss, bone loss, and damage to gums and soft tissues can occur with periodontitis.

Treatment

The most common treatment for gum disease is known as deep cleaning or scaling and root planing. Our hygienist can perform this gentle and effective removal of tartar, calculus, and infected tissue.

Common risk factors for gum disease include poor oral hygiene habits, diabetes, and hormonal changes. Some medications can also increase your child’s likelihood of developing gum disease. Many recent studies have found that untreated gum disease negatively impacts other aspects of overall health. This is especially common for patients with cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Contact East Mesa Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics for a consultation and screening today.

Visit Our
Cambridge Office

Cambridge, MA Dentist

763 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 1, Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: (617) 945-1974

Email: Hello@SweetSpotDental.com

Hours:
Monday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: By appointment only.

Read Our
Dental News

Cambridge Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dentist Cambridge MA

What to Expect from Dental Bridges | Dentist in 02139

May 15, 2022

If you are missing one or more teeth, our Cambridge dentist may recommend a dental bridge. To help you understand […]

02139 Dentist

Say Cheese! | 02139 Dentist

May 1, 2022

It has long been known that dairy products contain high amounts of calcium, which is important for developing and maintaining […]

02139 Dentist

Help! 5 Tips to Know When You Can’t Brush | Restorative Dentist Cambridge MA

April 15, 2022

Occasionally you might find yourself in a situation where you won’t be able to brush your teeth, perhaps through a […]