Gum Infection Therapy
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone tissue that supports your teeth. Unfortunately, an increasing number of people are affected by gum disease, which can take its toll long before you know it’s present.
Protecting yourself against gum disease is more important than ever because we’ve recently learned that periodontal disease is not just an oral health concern. Emerging studies indicate that chronic inflammation of the mouth can contribute to a number of serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, strokes, respiratory disease, and pregnancy complications.
Gum Infection Therapy
Periodontal disease develops when plaque and tartar sit on your teeth, allowing bacteria to thrive and gradually destroy bone and gum tissue. As your gums pull away from your teeth, underlying bone starts to deteriorate, and you may lose the tooth. In fact, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
In its earliest stages, gum disease results in inflammation of your gums and can often be eliminated with a thorough cleaning and conscientious oral hygiene. Our hygienist may recommend more frequent cleanings to stay one step ahead of gum disease.
As the infection advances, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, forming gaps we refer to as pockets. This allows plaque and bacteria to spread below the gum line, leading to deterioration of the bone and tissue that supports your teeth. If not treated, the teeth continue to loosen and may eventually need to be removed.
Diagnosis and prompt treatment of gum disease is essential for protecting your oral and overall health. If our hygienist finds an indication of bone loss on your x–ray, she will recommend gum infection therapy.
This process involves a thorough cleaning where plaque and tartar are gently removed from tooth surfaces around the gum line. Our hygienist also eliminates uneven spots on the tooth root where germs tend to gather. We will schedule more frequent cleanings in the future and discuss oral hygiene and the best practices to avoid a reoccurrence of the disease.
Prevention Is the Key
Periodontal disease is a serious problem, but it is almost always avoidable with proper prevention and oral hygiene. We not only provide solutions if you have gum disease, but we also have the treatments you need to prevent it from ever developing in the first place.
The easiest way to avoid periodontal disease and all its associated problems is to maintain a schedule of regular exams and cleanings. It is far easier to use preventive treatments now than to risk complicated and costly procedures later.
Your specific needs and dental goals are a fundamental part of your overall oral health care plan, and we will tailor your periodontal care accordingly. It’s our goal to show you how to maintain your oral health and prevent further infections. We’ll take the time necessary to explain your treatment plan in detail and answer any questions you may have.
Please contact our Harleysville dental office and we will be happy to schedule your next exam and cleaning.