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The ravages of gum disease are best prevented by early detection and proper dental hygiene. Gum disease is particularly dangerous because the progression of the disease is often painless and undetected until it creates serious problems.

Periodontal Treatment & Preventive Care

The best way to treat periodontal problems is to prevent them. Your personalized "check up" helps to protect you against gum disease (periodontal disease and gingivitis), tooth decay, and stress-related conditions such as teeth grinding and TMJ.

Periodontal exam

During your visit, we will examine your mouth for signs of periodontal disease. Early diagnosis and treatment is very important for your dental and overall health.

Periodontal disease or gum disease is an infection of bone and the supporting structures of your teeth. It is estimated that 80% of the adult population has gum disease to one degree or another.

Periodontal bacteria can cause an inflammatory reaction which leads to the destruction of the tissue that connect teeth to bone. This tissue loss can create a space called a periodontal pocket. While everyone has some amount of pocketing, normal depths are 1 to 3 mm. Daily brushing and flossing will help keep these pockets clean. However, in situations of periodontal disease, the pockets are deeper than 3 mm and it is impossible for you to clean and maintain them. As a result, bacteria and debris exist at the bottom of the pocket which leads to chronic gum infection.

As we age, we become more susceptible to periodontal bacteria and lack of proper hygiene or cleaning is another reason for periodontal disease. Without treatment, teeth will lose enough support to become loose and painful and eventually will be lost.

Periodontal disease affects your entire body!

Chronic gum infection, and especially inflammation, affects all organ systems. Recent peer reviewed studies show individuals with chronic periodontal disease increase the risk of stroke, developing heart disease, and diabetes by two or threefold.  Other problems include gastric ulcers, osteoporosis and pre term babies.

The only way to prevent problems like these from occurring is to care for your gums.

Stages of periodontal disease

Periodontal treatments for gum disease

Call First State Dental today to learn more about periodontal care and therapies.

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