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Gum Disease As Seen in Our Dental Office in Minneapolis
Our gums can have disease too
Our teeth are supported by bone and soft tissues. These tissues are subject to disease, which we commonly call gum disease, and which is clinically called peridontal disease.
Silent and painless
Gum disease is silent and painless. Many people have gum disease, but because it is silent and painless, they are unaware of its presence. This is why regular cleaning, checkups and examinations are so important. Once gum disease takes hold, it is important to eliminated its causes as soon as possible.
Health benefits of hygiene
Eliminating the sources of gum disease directly benefits the overall health of patients, even patients with more advanced cases of the disease. This is because any infection — and gum disease is no exception — causes the body to fight the infection with its immune system's resources. When the infection is removed or reduced, the body's immune system is similarly relieved.
Gum disease is very often accompanied by persistent bad breath. Eliminating the source of gum disease can also eliminate or greatly reduce bad breath. This is accomplished with deep cleaning followed up with regular cleaning on a rigidly scheduled basis.
Other signs of gum disease
There are some obvious signs that a patient can notice that might indicate a presence of gum disease. One might have gum disease if the gums are:
How we can help
"If you have gum disease, please consider coming to our office for your treatment. We think you will find that our care is considerate and outstanding.
"If, on the other hand, you think you have gum disease but aren't sure, consider making an appointment for us to have a look. We want to help, and we think we can." - Dr. Tripti Meysman
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