Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is a gum infection that affects half of all US adults over age 30. In its most advanced stages, it attacks the structures that support your teeth, and it is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
At Jagow Family Dentistry, we want you to understand the severe threat that untreated gum disease poses to your oral and general health.
The Risks Involved with Periodontal Disease
Periodontal or gum disease is known to increase the burden of inflammation on the body, contributing to many systemic diseases. Over the long-term, these inflammations can lead to many health problems, especially atherosclerosis.
If you have untreated gum disease, you are at two to three times of experiencing a serious cardiovascular event, such as heart attack or stroke. Tooth loss resulting from periodontal disease also contributes to cognitive decline in older men. Periodontal disease has also been linked to diabetes, osteoarthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease,
The good news is that, with diligent oral hygiene and routine teeth cleanings, gum disease is also highly preventable. And if you do develop a gum infection, we offer periodontal treatment at our Mountlake Terrace dental office to get your oral health back on track.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
One reason gum disease is so prevalent is that symptoms may be so subtle that patients don’t notice them. Understanding what to look for helps alert you to the presence of a problem so you can seek prompt treatment.
- Swollen, inflamed, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush
- Receding gums
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Teeth that feel loose
- Chronic bad breath
Unfortunately, you may not experience any symptoms of gum disease at all, making routine teeth cleanings with your hygienist at our Mountlake Terrace dental office imperative.
During these appointments, we thoroughly examine your gums to look for signs of inflammation. We also check for pockets that have opened up between your teeth and gums to determine the extent of infection.
The sooner we address gum disease, the less damage it will do, and the more positive the treatment outcomes will be.
Who Is at Risk for Gum Disease?
Aside from poor oral hygiene practices, a significant risk factor for gum disease is smoking, which causes dry mouth that creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Smoking also makes you more prone to infection and slows down healing after periodontal treatment.
Diabetes is a serious condition that puts you at higher risk for developing gum disease, as do age and genetics. Certain medications also cause dry mouth that increases your risk, and teeth grinding and clenching is another factor.
How Do You Treat Gum Disease?
The goal of periodontal treatment at Jagow Family Dentistry is to control the infection. Your hygienist will recommend the right treatment approach for you, depending on the degree of gum disease.
Treatment for gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is a thorough cleaning with one of our hygienists and a commitment to improved oral hygiene on your part.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, where the structures that support your teeth start to break down and ultimately lead to tooth loss. We treat periodontitis with a deep cleaning that removes all traces of plaque and tartar from your teeth. Your hygienist also smooths root surfaces and promotes healing and reattachment of your gums to your teeth.
Is It Time for Your Next Dental Cleaning?
Dr. Jagow and the team of hygienists at our Mountlake Terrace dental office can show you how to take care of your teeth and gums to avoid developing gingivitis. If it’s time for your next dental cleaning, please call Jagow Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment.