Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease (also referred to as “periodontitis” is a bacterial infection and inflammation of the gums that becomes worse over time if it is not treated. As it progresses, the disease causes increasing damage to gum and bone tissue, creating deepening pockets in the gums where even more aggressive and damaging bacteria can lodge and eat away at your teeth. Left untreated, gum disease can eventually result in the loss of one or more teeth and, because it is very easy for the bacteria to get into your bloodstream, it can lead to serious issues with your overall health too, including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, respiratory disease and complications with pregnancy.
Perhaps the most sinister aspect of gum disease is how many people have it but don’t know it! The CDC reported in 2012 that one out of every two Americans over the age of 30 has gum disease, and over 70 percent of adults 65 or over have it. Most people are not aware they have gum disease because it may not cause pain or discomfort until it has progressed to an advanced stage. That’s why getting an oral examination from our experienced doctors as soon as possible is so important.
Our doctors thoroughly check for gum disease using X-rays and looking for pockets, bleeding and other signs of infection. If they find signs of gum disease, they will devise a customized plan to treat the problem effectively. This could involve scaling, irrigation and administering specific antibiotics.
All people are unique, and so is every case of gum disease. Since not all patients develop the same species of gum disease-causing bacteria, our doctors use a quick and easy saliva sampling to identify the DNA of the bacteria present in order to determine the most effective antibiotic for every case.
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