You may be surprised to hear how important your gum health is to the health of your entire body. Many experts consider the health of your gums and the bone beneath them to be a mirror that reflects your overall health.
When you have periodontal disease, you are at a higher risk of developing a number of other health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even some types of cancer. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease are at risk of giving birth to babies with lower birth weight.
At AZ Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we take your periodontal health very seriously. We’ll work carefully with you to prevent periodontal disease from ever taking hold. If you do develop the condition or if you already have it, we’ll provide the care and treatments you need to stop it in its tracks.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is often simply called gum disease, but this name is actually a bit misleading. In addition to affecting your gums, this chronic inflammatory disease also attacks the bone beneath your gums.
The signs of the early stages of periodontal disease are well known. Your gums become red and puffy, the tissue becomes irritated, and you may see blood in the sink when you brush or floss your teeth. If you are experiencing these early symptoms of periodontal disease, it’s not too late. Call our office today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Narra. She can assess your condition and create a treatment plan to prevent the disease from developing further.
In its advanced stages, your gum tissue recedes, and your teeth appear to become longer. As the disease attacks the bone beneath your gums, your teeth will become loose and eventually fall out. Periodontal disease is the number one reason for missing teeth in adults.
Treating Periodontal Disease
The treatment plan that is right for you will depend on the cause of your periodontal disease, how far progressed it is, and additional factors as well. We customize every treatment plan to meet your individual needs since no two patients are alike.
If you have periodontal disease, treatment may only require a renewed commitment to good oral hygiene habits and perhaps the addition of some antimicrobial products. If your condition has progressed a bit further, regular deep cleaning treatments, called root scaling and planing, may be appropriate. These treatments help to remove bacteria from beneath the gum line and clean out the surface of your roots to prevent them from developing again.
At AZ Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we also offer different levels of laser therapy for periodontal disease. This treatment destroys bacteria beneath the gum line and helps us remove damaged tissue while protecting healthy tissue. Laser periodontal treatments are virtually pain-free and promote healing of the gum tissue.
Call our office today to schedule your periodontal assessment or your next cleaning. We are dedicated to your health and will do everything we can to keep your teeth and gums healthy.