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Lawrence M Klein, DDS, PA | Periodontal (gum) disease in Boca Raton

7301-A W. Palmetto Park Rd.
Suite 204A
Boca Raton, Fl 33433

Periodontal (gum) disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.

Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.

In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever. In our office we treat gum disease without surgery. Most cases of gum disease improve after the hygienist cleans your teeth, if you keep them clean by practicing good oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene means removing all of the plaque which accumulates on the teeth every day.

We will show you how to keep your teeth clean by brushing and using dental floss. If you find flossing difficult or have a special condition we will recommend other cleaning aids. We also recommend using a 1.5% hydrogen peroxide mouthwash to kill disease causing bacteria in your mouth. This is especially good for people who have a lot of dental work in their mouths or who have spaces below the gum line that are difficult to brush or floss.

Here is the therapy we recommend:

At least once a day, following brushing and flossing, rinse with a solution of 1.5% hydrogen peroxide. While rinsing, keep swishing the solution around in your mouth for a full minute.

You may accomplish this any of these ways:

• Buy 3% hydrogen peroxide. Mix 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) of this with 1/2 ounce of any mouthwash and you have a 1.5% solution, plus the mouthwash to cover the taste of the hydrogen peroxide. If you don't mind the taste you can just mix the hydrogen peroxide with water.

• Buy Peroxyl mouthwash, which contains 1.5% hydrogen peroxide.

• Wet your toothbrush with straight 3% hydrogen peroxide and brush it along the gum line, all over, small sections at a time, while repeatedly re-dipping the brush. Don't rinse it out for a full minute.