Gum health is more important than ever. Recent studies have linked periodontal (gum) disease to an increased chance of heart disease, stroke, some cancers including pancreatic cancer, complications of diabetes, and pre-term and low birth weight babies.
You may have periodontal disease and not even know it. There often are no symptoms. Gums can recede, leaving teeth vulnerable to decay, abscesses and tooth loss – all without any bleeding or tenderness. But many people have at least minor symptoms…
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease Include:
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Puffiness or tenderness of the gums
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Loose-feeling teeth
During your regular hygiene exam, our hygienist will measure the gum tissue around each tooth to assess any periodontal deterioration. Digital x-rays may also be taken to reveal any bone loss around your teeth. If periodontal disease is diagnosed, a variety of treatments are available to treat the disease, and even reverse it.
A variety of new technologies make the treatment of this disease more thorough and comfortable than ever before.
High-Tech Soft Tissue Lasers can gently remove any damaged or diseased gum tissue and kill any bacteria below the gum line.
Ultrasonic Scalers use pulses of water to comfortably remove any bacteria or calculus under the gum line and around the tooth root.
Antibiotic Treatment kills bacteria over time. Powerful antibiotics (Arestin and Atridox) created just for periodontal bacteria can be placed under the gum line to fight periodontal disease long after you leave the office.
The good news is that periodontal disease is treatable, even at an advanced stage, to help you keep your teeth and improve your health.
Good oral hygiene is important. You should brush at least two to three times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Daily flossing, fluoride rinses and an oral irrigator also are important. These preventive measures in combination with your in-office treatment should have your mouth restored to perfect health in no time!