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Gum disease is a serious and dangerous infection of the gums that can eventually destroy the underlying bone. This disease should be avoided at all costs and treated immediately. If you have questions about this disease, our dentist, Dr. Gustavo Ruiz, is happy to give you the answers you need. To do so, he is happy to provide the answers to the following commonly asked questions:

Q: What causes gum disease?

A: The major culprit of gum disease is plaque. Plaque is a sticky deposit that clings to the teeth and bothers the gums. In fact, as time goes on, the plaque turns into tartar and the tartar infects the gums and even deteriorates the underlying bone.

Q: How do I prevent gum disease?

A: To avoid the disease, you need to keep up on oral hygiene (by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and rinsing daily) and visiting your dentist every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam.

Q: What are some treatments that can help with gum disease?

A: Some treatments that are beneficial are a dental cleaning, scaling and root planing, laser therapy, bone grafts and gum grafts. The severity of the disease will determine the treatment needed.

To learn more about gum disease in Tampa, Florida, please contact Periodontal and Implant Esthetics at your earliest convenience. When you dial 813-289-3640, our dental team will be more than happy to help you, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to helping you!