Restoring Health to Your Gums with Periodontal Therapy
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults. About 80% of the population has some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, which includes periodontitis (advanced) and gingivitis (mild).
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a soft tissue infection that can affect your teeth, and even your jaw bone! When plaque hardens into tartar below the gum line, it irritates vulnerable tissues. Early signs of gum disease are red, tender, swollen gums, or gums that bleed when you brush. As the condition progresses, gums recede from teeth and pockets of bacteria form. Research reveals that gum disease is linked to increased risk for major overall health problems, including stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis, and dementia.
How do you treat gum disease?
If caught in the earliest stages, gum disease might be reversed by changing your brushing technique, improving your flossing routine, or changing the products you use for home oral care.
If you have progressive gum disease, we can often treat it with non-surgical therapies, such as:
- Scaling: Removes hardened plaque from below the gum line
- Root Planing: Reduces rough areas on teeth roots
- Antibiotic Therapy: Battles infection
If gum disease has advanced into severe periodontitis, you may require the care of a periodontist, and if so, we will refer you to a trusted colleague.