Gum disease is a major problem in this country. In fact, the CDC reports that close to half of all people over 30 have periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease. Notwithstanding its prevalence, many people don’t know they have gum disease, or don’t take it terribly seriously if they do. Because of the nature of serious gum disease, professional treatment is necessary for healing to take place. At Eli Lawrence, DDS we offer non-surgical methods for dealing with gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by infection of the gums by bacteria in the mouth. What begins as inflamed, tender gums can end up as missing teeth and destroyed gum tissue if not taken care of. The best defense against gum disease is preventing it with good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing as recommended removes built-up plaque that harbors the infecting bacteria. And renewed oral hygiene, coupled with professional cleanings, can help reverse early gum disease. But more advanced gum disease requires more thorough treatment.
At Eli Lawrence, DDS, we employ various non-surgical methods to treat gum disease. The focus is a deep cleaning that stops the progression of infection and removes bacteria and infected material. While gum disease can be stopped, its effects may not be reversible. We can also give you antibiotics to fight bacteria.
Gum disease doesn’t just go away on its own. If you have noticed any symptoms consistent with gum disease, please call our Chicago, IL, office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eli J. Lawrence today.