Gum Disease Therapy
Gum disease, sometimes called periodontal disease, is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. It is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease has been linked to serious health problems such as heart problems, poor circulation leading to diabetic concerns, strokes premature and even low birth rate babies and even cancer. When we treat gum disease, our concern is for your overall health, not just your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease and is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.
Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:
Some factors increase the risk of developing gum disease are:
The sooner you treat gum disease the better. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.
Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis. Chronic periodontics can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time.
Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. Call us if you would like scheduled your hygiene exam or to learn more; and remember, "it's not just a cleaning."