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UNDERSTANDING GUM DISEASE: TREATMENT OPTIONS AND THE OUTLOOK FOR A CURE



GUM DISEASE

Gum disease, a prevalent oral condition affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, prompts questions about its treatability and the possibility of a cure. This article aims to explore gum disease treatments and discuss the potential for curing this condition.


Understanding Gum Disease




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Gum disease begins with the accumulation of plaque, leading to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and, if left untreated, progressing to periodontitis, which can cause damage to the gums and underlying bone.


Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease


Gingivitis Signs: Red, swollen, or bleeding gums, especially during brushing or flossing.


Periodontitis Signs: Receding gums, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, and eventual tooth loss.


Treatment Approaches for Gum Disease




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Various treatments are available to manage gum disease, aiming to control the infection, halt its progression, and restore oral health. These treatments include professional dental cleaning, root planing, antibiotics, and surgical interventions in severe cases.


Is Gum Disease Curable?


While gum disease can be effectively managed and its progression halted through professional treatments and diligent oral hygiene practices, it is often considered a chronic condition. The damage caused by advanced gum disease, such as bone loss, might not be fully reversible. However, early intervention and consistent maintenance can effectively control the disease, preventing further damage and maintaining oral health.


Emphasis on Prevention and Ongoing Maintenance




GUM DISEASE

Prevention plays a crucial role in managing gum disease. Consistent oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and a balanced diet help prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar, reducing the risk of gum disease progression.


Conclusion:


While gum disease may not be entirely curable, its progression can be effectively managed through professional treatments and ongoing oral care. Early detection, prompt intervention, and diligent maintenance are key in controlling gum disease and preserving oral health. At our clinic, our experienced team offers comprehensive treatments tailored to manage gum disease, aiming to maintain optimal oral health for our patients.

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Graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis (U.S.A.), major in biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr. Yu has further obtained his dental degree (Doctor of Dental Medicine) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (U.S.A.).  Dr. Yu is qualified to practice in the US, Singapore and Hong Kong, and has over 10 years of practicing experience in the US before starting both practices in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Dr. Chrissie Lam graduated from University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.) with a bachelor degree in Nutritional Science before earning her doctorate degree in dentistry from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (U.S.A.). In her 10 years of practice she took care of her patients, both in U.S.A. and Singapore with her warm demeanor and excellent clinical skills. 

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