Gum disease can cause recurrent bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn’t always stop there. Your oral health is the beginning point for your whole body’s health and wellness. You may lose a tooth to start, but if the underlying infection is ignored, it can lead to other serious health problems and makes it more complicated to treat.
Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria to live in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. This bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:
- Respiratory Disease
- Heart Disease
- Preterm Births
Recent research has also proven the bacteria from gum diseases including dementia conditions like Alzheimer's.
It is imperative we help you diagnose periodontal problems and stop them in your mouth early, before they cause other complications besides losing your teeth. Our dental hygienists will also educate you on proper home care of your teeth and gums, through brushing and flossing techniques.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatments
Periodontal treatment involves containing any infection developed in your mouth, through proper treatments:
Periodontal Scaling: The process removes or eliminates the dental plaque, its products, and calculus – which cause inflammation.
Root Planning: Removes dental plaque and tartar, which house bacteria that release toxins which cause inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone.
Gum Laser Treatment: A minimally-invasive treatment used to remove harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from the gum pocket by passing a laser light between the gum and tooth.
Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to fight existing infections. Surgery is often required for severe cases periodontal disease to properly remove deep infections that require treatments beyond simple scaling. During your exam your dentist will explain to your treatment options and what can be done to prevent a return of that infection.
After we have stopped the infection and closed up an potential areas where bacteria can enter your body, we will continue to examine your gum health at every 6-month check-up. We will use our experience to help prevent future complications with your teeth. Also, our dental assistants will also review your brushing habits and offer ways you can better clean your teeth between check-ups, to prevent unnecessary dental plaque build up.
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