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Gum disease is one of the most prevalent health problems in America. Ironically, it’s also one of the easiest to prevent. Even then, we find ourselves giving treatment advice more often than we’d like.

Today, we’re going to take a deeper look at gum disease. Hopefully this shows you how to avoid gum disease altogether.

What is it?
Gum disease is what happens when the bacteria in your mouth take up residence in your gums. This causes them to become infected, which leads to decay of the gums and your teeth. You’ll need to meet with a doctor to get an official diagnosis to form a treatment plan.

What does it cause?
As mentioned above, gum disease causes quite a few problems. Notably, it infects your gums. These are the supporting structures for your teeth. Without healthy gums, you end up with teeth that can easily become infected. That infection then spreads to tooth decay and loss, eventually destroying your gums and eating away at your jaw bone as well.

How is it treated?
When you come to see Dr. David J. Harsant for gum disease treatment, you’ll have a few options based on the severity of your disease. Root canals and surgery are required for more severe cases, though if you’re in the early stages of the disease, less invasive treatment may be an option. Our team here at David J. Harsant, DDS, PA in Fayetteville, North Carolina, will work closely with you to determine the best course of action.

To learn more, or to make an appointment, call us today at 910.864.4646.