One of the most common conditions we treat at Every Smile Family Dentistry & Orthodontics in Chandler, Arizona is periodontal disease, or gum disease. Millions of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, and many are not even aware of their condition. If you suffer from occasional swollen or bleeding gums, you may have undiagnosed gingivitis or periodontitis.
Periodontal disease is usually indicated by a variety of symptoms. If you have a combination of any of these signs, there is a good chance you are suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis:
- Bleeding gums
- Teeth that appear longer (caused by tissue and bone deterioration)
- Teeth that feel loose (also caused by tissue and bone deterioration)
- Pus around the gums or teeth
- Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth
- Frequent or constant bad breath
As part of our efforts to keep our patients’ smiles happy, healthy, and beautiful, we provide comprehensive periodontal care at our office. If you would like a periodontal check-up, call our Chandler AZ office today at 480-732-7874 to schedule an appointment.
The Link Between Gum Disease and Overall Health
When you think of oral health, you probably think of your teeth first. However, the health of your gum tissue is an essential part of your oral and overall health. One of the most important discoveries in recent medical research is the impact that gum disease can have on your whole body. Because gum disease can cause oral bleeding, uncontrolled bacteria in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. Research has revealed links between the bacteria that live in your mouth and several acute and systemic illnesses. For example, heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, stroke, and low birth weight among infants are some of the illnesses that may be caused or aggravated by the spread of oral bacteria.
Gum Disease Can be Prevented
Because gum disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque and tartar, the best home-based prevention is maintaining a daily flossing and brushing routine. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss once a day. Flossing only once or twice a week is not enough to prevent ginigivitis from developing. If you sometimes experience bleeding or swollen gums when you floss, the best way to restore your gums to a healthy state is to floss daily. With a daily flossing routine, most people find that their gums stop bleeding within two weeks.
Another crucial step to preventing gum disease is to visit your dentist’s office for six-month cleanings. When you miss a dental cleaning, you are letting plaque continue to build up in the crevices of your teeth you cannot reach on your own. This plaque can harbor and feed bacteria that cause gum disease and other health conditions. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can make sure such harmful plaque does not continue to accumulate.
Treating Periodontal Disease
When left untreated, gum disease can lead to the loss of gum tissue, teeth and bone. One of the most common causes of tooth loss is periodontitis. But the good news is that gum disease can be controlled and treated with a professional perio care regimen.
If you are diagnosed with periodontitis or gingivitis, we will form a treatment plan to control and address your symptoms appropriately. Periodontal treatments may include deep cleaning (such as scaling or root planing), rinses and medications, and/or surgical treatments, such as flap surgery and tissue grafts. These treatments will help control mouth bacteria and restore your gums to a healthy, pink state, preventing future tooth loss.
Having periodontal disease is a serious risk to your teeth and your long-term health. If you have gum disease, we want to bring you back to a state of optimal oral health. We encourage you to visit our Chandler AZ dental office or call us at 480-732-7874 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists or periodontists.