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How do new gum disease treatments lead to a better dental health?

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When the tissue and bone around your teeth don’t fit snugly, "pockets" form in the gums. Bacteria invade these pockets, damaging teeth and bone.

Treatments to help reverse the damage range from cleaning the root to gum surgery.

But the focus of gum disease treatment has expanded to include regenerative procedures. For instance, lasers, membranes, bone grafts, or proteins that stimulate tissue growth can be used to help regenerate bone and tissue to fight gum disease.

SOURCES:

Bader, J. , Oct. 1, 2004. Journal of the American Dental Association

Bader, J. , Nov. 1, 2006. Journal of the American Dental Association

Richard Price, DMD, dentist, Newton, Mass.; spokesperson, American Dental Association.

Hugh Flax, DDS, dentist, Atlanta; vice vice-president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, dentist, Omaha, Neb; president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS, dentist, Germantown, Tenn.; past president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

American Dental Association.

WebMD: "Dental X-Rays."

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Bader, J. , Oct. 1, 2004. Journal of the American Dental Association

Bader, J. , Nov. 1, 2006. Journal of the American Dental Association

Richard Price, DMD, dentist, Newton, Mass.; spokesperson, American Dental Association.

Hugh Flax, DDS, dentist, Atlanta; vice vice-president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, dentist, Omaha, Neb; president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS, dentist, Germantown, Tenn.; past president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

American Dental Association.

WebMD: "Dental X-Rays."

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 17, 2017

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