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Broomfield Dentist Explains Fighting Gum Disease: How to Keep Healthy Teeth

Periodontitis is the most severe form of gum disease. Severe inflammation and gum recession often leads to tooth loss for patients with this problem. The latest recommendation from the American Dental Association suggests root planing and scaling as the first line of treatment.


Broomfield, CO -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/02/2015 -- When gum disease progresses to its severest stage, a dental patient has periodontitis. At this level of disease, oral bacteria have significantly invaded the gums. As a result, the gums start to recede and large gaps or pockets form around the teeth, often leaving the roots exposed. Bacteria and inflammation start to affect the roots, possibly loosening them, and lost teeth are the final result. The dentists with the Sacramento Dentistry Group have many treatment options for periodontitis, all in line with the American Dental Association's (ADA) report released this summer. The ADA points to root scaling and root planing as the ideal first treatment for this disease.

What is Root Scaling?

Root scaling gets all the plaque and tartar out from under the gums. These bacterial substances lead to periodontitis, since they are a primary cause of gum inflammation. Special tools clear any gum pockets of plaque and tartar, making it possible for gums to heal. A local anesthetic prevents discomfort during the procedure. For patients especially fearful of dentistry, however, the Sacramento Dentistry Group offers oral conscious sedation to eliminate anxiety and painful sensations.

What is Root Planing?

Bacterial damage roughens up the roots, making it difficult for gums to reattach. Root planing smooths out the roots, encouraging gum reattachment. This protects the roots from any further damage, saving teeth by reducing the size of gum pockets. So root scaling and planing are properly used as the first treatment for periodontitis.

What About Other Treatments?

The ADA did suggest that other treatments are also useful in conjunction with root planing and scaling. Each dentist must decide the proper course of action for every individual patient. For example, antibiotic treatments, using delivery systems such as PerioProtect, may be beneficial for some people. Nevertheless, scaling and planing are the first step to improving oral health after developing severe gum disease.

About Kessler & Resnick, DDS - Broomfield Dentist
We are popular certified dentists in Agoura Hills easily accessible from Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Calabasas, Malibu, Westlake and Woodland Hills. And many more of our patients are from just about everywhere in Southern California. We have now opened clinics in Broomfield and Aurora Colorado

Our team specializes in providing the latest in dental services for children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Darren Kessler is a graduate of the University of the Pacific. He completed a general dentistry residency at the VA Hospital in Brentwood. He has been in private practice since 2001.

Dr. Kessler maintains professional memberships in the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the San Fernando Valley Dental Society.

"Ever since I was a kid, I was fascinated with going to the dentist. My hometown dentist was funny and kind. I was never scared while I was in his chair. That stuck with me. That approach inspires me in my own dental practice today. I became a dentist because I wanted to contribute to the community. Growing up, I loved getting to know people. My practice allows me to do both." — Dr. Darren Kessler

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Dr. Elyse Resnick has been in private practice since 2003. She obtained her doctorate from University of the Pacific.

Dr. Resnick is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the San Fernando Valley Dental Society.

"We truly care about our patients and are dedicated to the best experience and service we can provide. As a mom and a doctor, I know what it means to have quality care when it comes to dental health. We look forward to seeing our patients and enjoy our many long lasting relationships with them." — Dr. Elyse Resnick

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