According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all Americans suffer from some level of gum disease and those numbers rise considerably with age.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is often reversible in its earliest stage, called gingivitis. Once a patient suffers from periodontal disease, however, the chances of reoccurrence increase dramatically.
Periodontal disease often comes from neglect or having little access to proper dental care. Certain medications, illnesses, dry mouth, cancer treatments, and loss of dexterity can all contribute to developing gum disease.
You may have one or all of the symptoms. The faster you seek treatment, the better your chances are for recovery and preventing tooth loss or other health complications.
In its advanced stages, gum disease requires treatment to prevent tooth and bone loss. Periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, is a chronic bacterial infection below your gumline.
When bacteria irritate your gums, it creates inflammation and sensitivity. When left untreated, bacteria multiply rapidly and can spread to healthy gum tissue.
Because it is an inflammatory condition, gum disease can affect your overall health and has been linked by researchers to the following:
Addressing periodontal disease at any stage can improve your overall health.
We will evaluate the health of your gums by measuring periodontal pocketing, bleeding points, and gum recession. Periodontal evaluation helps us develop a plan to restore your health. At Prairie Dental Care, we customize your dental cleaning and treatment plan to improve your health, based on your needs.
In the early stages, we can usually treat gum disease with a thorough cleaning and improved home care. An antimicrobial rinse or local antibiotic application may also improve your health.
A periodontal dental cleaning allows us to remove bacteria, tartar, and infection from your teeth and just under your gums. This type of deep cleaning may take more than one appointment. Our team is thorough, yet gentle, with all dental cleanings.
Our team will help you get on track with good oral health again! We will never make you feel bad or guilty about your oral health. We just want to help you feel better.
Contact our Aurora, IL dental office for your next dental appointment with Dr. Christine Wang or Dr. Xiaoyu Ma.