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Periodontics is the area of dentistry that's concerned with the health of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the top cause of tooth loss among men and women in the U.S., and having regular periodontic care is essential for preserving healthy teeth at every age.
Gum disease occurs when bacteria form along the gum line, often behind a protective layer of hardened plaque called tartar. As the bacteria grow and multiply, they release toxins that irritate gum tissue, causing the tissue to pull away from the surfaces of your teeth and recede, exposing more of the lower portion of the tooth. At the same time, the bacteria also migrate downward, eventually invading the root space, weakening roots and causing tooth loss.
In its early stages, called gingivitis, it may be treated with more frequent routine cleanings to eliminate the buildup of tartar and harmful bacteria. Improving your brushing and flossing routines at home can also help. For more serious gum disease, or periodontitis, deeper cleaning methods are used, including techniques called scaling and root planing, designed to reach below the gums and around the tooth roots. Antibiotics may also be used – either oral or gels – to help eradicate harmful bacteria.
Gums may repair themselves to some extent over time once gum disease is treated, but if your gums have permanent recession, you may need gum grafts to protect the roots. In gum grafts, tiny portions of your gum are taken from elsewhere in your mouth and attached in areas where the gum line is low. Over time, these grafts attach to teeth and begin to grow on their own.
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