It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications over time. Don’t think it’s your problem? Conservative estimates report that up to 80% of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form.
70% of adult tooth loss is attributed to gum disease. Recent research shows a link between patients who have gum disease and those who suffer from strokes, heart attacks, or complications with diabetes or pregnancy. Gum disease is silent in that early symptoms may be painless and mild, like swollen gums or bleeding while brushing. Regular dental checkups are vital because a professional can detect, treat, and reverse gum disease in early stages before major problems arise.
Several factors contribute to periodontal disease: plaque buildup, heredity causes, and lifestyle choices. By far, the most common and controllable factor is bacterial plaque, which is the sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria. Bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers that bond gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, and more bacteria and toxins are able to hide and flourish in your gums, destroying more and more. Over time, this process can affect not only gums, teeth, and bone within the mouth, but also overall health. Bacteria in your mouth will be inadvertently ingested, and this can compromise your whole-body health.
Regular dental visits at least every six months allow us to keep a watchful eye on the health of your gums. You should also brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use good mouth rinses at home. We will recommend the products that will optimize your oral homecare, and we can also show you the best methods for brushing and flossing. If you have overcome periodontal disease, we will recommend frequent checkups to ensure your mouth stays healthy for a lifetime.
While mild cases of gum disease are typically treated with more frequent hygiene appointments, moderate symptoms will need a more thorough approach. Scaling and root planing can essentially be thought of as a deep cleaning that targets areas underneath the gum line. Our team will use special tools to clear away accumulations of plaque and tartar from the tooth roots and smooth their surfaces as well to reduce the risk of future build-up. By targeting bacteria throughout the mouth, we can give your oral health a fresh start.
Our revolutionary soft tissue laser does an excellent job of treating and removing infected gum tissue from the mouth. The precise beam of light is very comfortable, and its sterilizing nature will prevent significant bleeding, swelling, or other post-operative symptoms that can occur through traditional treatment methods. Our patients can expect to recover on an accelerated timeframe as well!
In order to maximize the success of your periodontal therapy, Dr. Scott may recommend the focused use of antibiotic therapy following scaling and root planing or soft tissue laser treatment. This potent medication will be applied directly to the gum line or ingested orally, and its presence will eliminate traces of harmful bacteria that may have been missed during the initial process. We want to give your smile all of the professional support it needs to bounce back from gum disease.