GUM (PERIODONTAL) THERAPY
Periodontal (gum) disease affects 50% of adults over 30 and 70% of adults over 65 in some shape or form and is the leading cause of tooth loss. We make sure that our patients diagnosed with the disease understand that they are not alone. We offer a number of treatment options, but we like to focus on prevention so that we can catch the problem early before periodontal disease sets in and its irreversible damage occurs.
Although, it is not well known, gum disease is closely related to cardio vascular disease (heart disease, stroke, etc.), diabetes, erectile dysfunction, certain cancers and Alzheimer’s. So regular visits for cleanings and outstanding home care are more important than ever.
Treatment for active gum disease includes a remedial step, a procedure known as “Scaling and Root Planing” and an on-going phase called “Periodontal Maintenance”, which replaces your regular cleanings. The damage caused by gum disease, bone loss cannot be reversed, but the goal of treatment is known as “Gingival (gum) Health” where there is no more active disease and symptoms (below) are absent.
Catching Gum Disease Early
With regular cleanings and exams, we have a good chance of catching periodontal disease early. After we diagnose the disease, we will discuss our minimally invasive treatment options that will help your teeth stay healthier longer and more importantly keep your whole body healthy.
Symptoms of Gum Disease to Look For
- Red, bleeding or swollen gums
- Bad breath or taste in the mouth
- Loose or separating teeth
- Chronic bad breath
Causes of Gum Disease
There are also a number of factors that contribute to gum disease. Smoking, genetics, diabetes, certain medications and poor oral hygiene can all contribute to increased risk for the disease. Regular brushing and flossing and regular dental appointments can help keep your gums healthy and this disease from wreaking havoc.
For answers to your questions about periodontal disease in North Canton or to schedule an appointment, call the Van Hala Dental Group today.