Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a chronic and silent infection that attacks the soft and hard tissues surrounding teeth. If left untreated, tooth loss and oral health can begin to deteriorate. Because most people are unaware of its presence, periodontal disease is the largest cause of tooth loss in America affecting millions of people annually.
Causes of Gum Disease
When neglected build-up of bacteria and plaque coat the exterior of teeth, this is referred to as gum disease. Plaque consists of harmful bacteria that forms a sticky, solid outer layer on the teeth that can deteriorate a healthy gum line.
By not removing plaque from the teeth, it builds up and irritates your gums, the result of which can lead to further health problems. Gum disease, or periodontitis as it’s often referred to, has further links to your general health, too.
A recent CDC report found that 47.2% of adults aged 30 and older in the US have some form of periodontal disease. This disease also increases with age, with the same report finding 70.1% of adults 65 years and older experiencing periodontal disease.
There’s a strong correlation between diabetes, heart disease, and an impact on your overall health, so it’s something that needs to be taken seriously. The most current medical literature also links pancreatic, oral cancer, and even pre-term, low-birth weight babies to gum disease.
What other causes contribute to gum disease? Here are a few to be wary of when it comes to gum problems:
Not just tobacco, but any type of smoking can impact the health of your gums. It’s a well-known fact that smoking is dangerous for your health, but you may not realize just how harmful it can be to your oral health.
Poor oral hygiene
It’s important to look after your oral hygiene from brushing to flossing and using mouthwash daily. Ideally, you should be using all three at least two times daily. This helps prevent the build-up of plaque.
Prior medical history
For some, gum disease might not be something that can be helped. For example, some may have a natural deficiency that causes gum disease, such as a lack of vitamin C. There are also some who are more prone to gum disease due to family history and the appearance of the disease in other family members.
Symptoms & Long-Lasting Negative Effects
Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. If it goes untreated and the patient neglects their oral care, there can be little that can be done to restore the teeth. Not only that, but the patient’s overall health can be impacted as a result.
Typical signs and symptoms to watch out for in gum disease include any of the following:
- Swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Pain while chewing or biting
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Loose teeth or sensitivity in teeth
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when biting
- Any change in the fit of any partial dentures you may have
To catch these symptoms or signs of gum disease, it’s worth stopping by Durango Dental for a quick and simple diagnostic test.
At Durango Dental, we know gum health is vital. Our team is careful to look for periodontal disease, and make sure every patient receives proper treatment.
Treatment & Prevention
Our hygienists on a yearly basis will take special measurements with patients called periodontal charting. This checks that the gum tissue and bone levels are healthy. If the charting indicates you have the disease, we’ll diagnose it and treat patients with non-surgical periodontal therapy—put simply, deep cleaning.
The treatment involves two appointments within two weeks of each other. This cleans the gum line that the toothbrush cannot reach.
After this treatment has been completed, the patient is usually put on a 3-4 month patient recall for a special kind of cleaning called periodontal maintenance.
Should further treatments be needed, we will refer the patient to the appropriate specialist.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Here at Durango Dental, we offer several treatments that help maintain your gums, even those who may need a bad-breath treatment. The most effective treatments will help to reverse the effects of gum disease with a deep cleaning treatment below the gum line. Additionally, we offer a localized antibiotic treatment to further treat the disease.
If you’re looking to get this treatment, give Durango Dental a call for more information.