Gum disease can cause 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. It is imperative we diagnose and stop any problems in your mouth before they cause complications and lead to tooth loss!
Gum disease also causes a buildup of bacteria 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
Bacteria from gum disease is now associated with many other diseases including Alzheimer's.
Periodontal treatment involves containing any infection through deep cleaning like scaling and root planing, clearing buildup at the root of the teeth. Our dental hygienists will also educate you on proper home care of your teeth and gums, through brushing and flossing techniques.
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.
The dentist may suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses. We may also prescribe antibiotics to fight infections. Surgery is required for the most severe cases.
We examine you for gum health at every 6-month check-up. If you’re experiencing any symptoms like bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, please let us know. We will help you decide what the best form of treatment is to restore your gums to optimum health.