Can Periodontal Disease Be Completely Cured?

Periodontal Disease, frequently known as gum disease, is a question many often ask: “Can it be cured?” Let’s delve into this topic together and explore more about periodontal disease, available treatments, and the positive long-term outlook for those dealing with this condition.

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Unraveling Periodontal Disease: Safeguarding Your Dental Health

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, encompasses a range of conditions that affect the soft tissues surrounding your teeth. This prevalent issue is closely associated with poor oral hygiene practices and intensifies with age. Certain factors, such as a family history of gum disease, specific medical conditions, hormonal changes, or smoking, may increase the likelihood of its development.

Statistics reveal that almost half of adults over 30 and a significant 70% of adults over 65 in the United States experience the impact of this common problem. The disease begins with inflammation, characterized by swelling and redness in the gums, resulting from the accumulation of bacteria due to inadequate oral care.

Over time, the multiplication of bacteria leads to sore, red, and sometimes bleeding gums, indicating the progression of periodontal disease. If left untreated, the condition can advance to periodontitis, causing the gums to recede and exposing more of the tooth surface. This continuous erosion can adversely affect the tooth structure and the underlying jawbones, potentially leading to tooth loss.

Maintaining dental health requires consistent and effective oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and scheduling professional dental check-ups, to protect and preserve oral well-being. In managing periodontal disease, promoting healthy gums, and preserving your precious smile, early detection, and suitable treatment play a vital role.

Identifying the Symptoms of Gum Disease

In a healthy state, our gums boast a delightful pink hue, feel firm to the touch, and embrace our teeth snugly, ensuring a strong foundation. In cases where gum disease may arise, you might notice the following symptoms:

  • Gums taking on a red or purple color
  • A puffy appearance due to swelling
  • Occasional bleeding
  • Recession, where gums pull away from the normal gum line, revealing more of the tooth
  • Tenderness or mild discomfort during brushing, flossing, chewing, or touching the gums
  • The potential development of new or improved gaps, loose, or missing teeth
  • Visible pus, presenting as yellow or white fluid buildup in the gums – indicating the presence of an infection
  • Changes in the way your bite fits together

The reassuring aspect is that by promptly recognizing and addressing these symptoms, we can take proactive steps toward excellent oral health. Regular dental check-ups and consistent and effective oral hygiene practices empower us to maintain healthy gums and achieve a radiant, confident smile. With a positive approach to our dental care, we can nurture long-term oral well-being and embrace a brighter future for our teeth and gums. 

Discovering Positive Solutions for Gum Disease Treatment

When it comes to managing gum disease, rest assured that there are effective treatments available to promote a healthy smile. The best approach will depend on the extent and severity of your condition, which can be categorized into different stages:

Gingivitis: At this stage, you may notice red and swollen gums, but there are no other concerning symptoms yet.

Mild Periodontitis: Gums may begin to pull away from your teeth, leading to some bone loss around the teeth. Plaque, tartar, and bacteria can accumulate in areas challenging to reach with at-home dental care, like brushing and flossing.

Moderate Periodontitis: More bone loss around the teeth can occur, and the bacteria can seriously affect the soft tissues, leading to sore and tender gums.

Severe Periodontitis: In this advanced stage, ongoing bone loss may even lead to tooth loss. You may experience bleeding gums, the presence of pus around your teeth and gums, and potentially chronic halitosis (bad breath) due to active infection in your mouth.

While gum disease can impact oral health, it’s crucial to remember that positive oral care practices can contribute to overall well-being. People with gum disease may face some health challenges, but these risks can be mitigated with proper management. Taking proactive steps can help improve overall health, lower cardiovascular and other disease risks, and reduce the likelihood of experiencing dementia.

Both non-surgical and surgical treatment options are available to address gum disease, and the best option for you will be determined by the stage of your condition. Non-surgical approaches involve oral or topical antibiotics and a deep cleaning procedure called “scaling and root planing.” Maintaining oral hygiene with practices like chewing gum can also contribute to a healthier smile.

Your dentist will work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan to select the most suitable options. By embracing these positive solutions and maintaining regular dental check-ups, you empower yourself to preserve the health of your gums and smile confidently for years to come. 

Unlocking the Path to Healthy Gums: Managing Gum Disease with Positivity

The journey to vibrant gum health involves understanding that while gum disease cannot be cured completely, there’s uplifting news! We have effective methods to manage it, especially when caught and treated early on. We can prevent the condition from progressing to more advanced stages by staying proactive.

While managing advanced gum disease can be more challenging, rest assured that there are options available to address it. Our dedication to your well-being remains unwavering, and we are here to guide you through this journey.

Prevention is always the best approach, and by maintaining good oral hygiene and regularly attending dental exams and professional cleanings, we can keep periodontitis at bay. Together, we can celebrate the positive impact of preventive care on your gum health.

If you ever notice any signs of gum disease or if it has been a while since your last dental evaluation, don’t hesitate to contact us at Sacramento River Dental Group. Our caring team is ready to support you in preserving your gum health and embracing a confident, healthy smile.

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Sacramento River Dental Group – Candidate Privacy Notice

Sacramento River Dental Group is committed to respecting your online privacy and recognizes your need for appropriate protection and management of any personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) you share with us.

Sacramento River Dental Group is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. This privacy notice makes you aware of how and why your personal data will be used, namely for the purposes of the Sacramento River Dental Group employment recruitment process, and how long it will usually be retained.

Data protection principles

We will comply with data protection law and principles, which means that your data will be:

  • Used lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent way.
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  • Accurate and kept up to date.
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The kind of information we hold about you

In connection with your application for work with us, we will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

  • The information you have provided to us in your curriculum vitae and cover letter.
  • The information you have provided on our application form, including name, title, address, telephone number, personal email address, employment history, and qualifications.
  • Any information you provide to us during an interview.

How is your personal information collected?

We collect personal information about candidates from the following sources:

  • You, the candidate.
  • Recruitment agencies and vendors we have agreed on terms in place with
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  • Employees and others who refer you to us


How we will use information about you?

We will use the personal information we collect about you to:

  • Assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for the role.
  • Carry out background and reference checks, where applicable.
  • Communicate with you about the recruitment process.
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  • Comply with legal or regulatory requirements.
  • We also need to process your personal information to decide whether to enter into a contract of employment with you.

Having received your CV, cover letter, and/or your application form, we will then process that information to decide whether you meet the basic requirements to be screened by our in-house recruitment team for the role. If you do, we will decide whether your application is strong enough to invite you for an interview, be it by telephone, in person, or by other electronic means. If we decide to engage you for an interview, we will use the information you provide to us at the interview to decide whether to offer you the role. If we decide to offer you the role, we will then take up references before confirming your appointment.

If you fail to provide personal information

If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we will not be able to process your application successfully and we will not be able to take your application further.

Automated decision-making

You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making.

Data sharing With third parties

  • We will only share your personal information with the following third parties for the purposes of processing your application; this may involve sharing your information with other companies within our own group if we consider they may have other relevant vacancies and only if you consent to such sharing
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We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used, or accessed in an unauthorized way, altered, or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors, and other third parties who have a business need-to-know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

Data retention (how long will you use my information for)

  • We will retain your personal information for a period of 2 years after we have communicated to you our decision about whether to appoint you to the role. We will retain your personal information so that we can make you aware of any suitable alternative roles that arise during this period.
  • We further retain your personal information for that period so that we can show, in the event of a legal claim, that we have not discriminated against candidates on prohibited grounds and that we have conducted the recruitment exercise in a fair and transparent way. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • If you would prefer that we did not retain your personal information, you can notify us at any time and we will delete your personal information.


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Under certain circumstances, by law, you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
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When you applied for this role, you provided consent to us processing your personal information for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. You have the right to withdraw your consent for processing for that purpose at any time.

To withdraw your consent, please contact the Recruitment Manager. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your application, and, subject to our policies, we will dispose of your personal data securely.

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