Periodontal gum disease is more common than most people think. Almost half of the American population has experienced gum disease by the age of 30, and the risk increases as the patient ages. Fortunately, with periodontal treatment from The Fort Collins Dentist, gum disease symptoms can often reverse before they become serious!
The Dangers of Gum Disease
Many of us have heard of gum disease, or periodontitis. But did you know that gum disease can cause serious health risks? Gum disease has been linked with the following:
- Heart disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease.
- Kidney disease.
- Bone loss and deterioration.
Your oral health and your overall health are closely linked. Simple periodontal disease treatment can substantially improve your health.
Signs of Periodontal Gum Disease
You want to be as healthy as possible, which is why periodontal treatment will help you to take good care of your teeth and gums. Some of the most common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums.
- Gums that bleed easily, whether or not you are brushing your teeth.
- A receding gum line.
- A bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away.
- Changes in your bite.
- Halitosis, or chronic bad breath.
- Loose permanent teeth.
- Pus in between your teeth and gums.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, don’t wait to get the periodontal treatment you need. Periodontal gum disease treatment can help prevent serious health issues as well as helping you keep your teeth!
Benefits of Periodontal Treatment
One of the most effective gum disease treatments is to come in for a routine dental cleaning and exam. In addition, our “No More Hygiene” approach focuses on periodontal treatment, not just the cleaning.
For more serious cases of periodontal gum disease, we may provide a root planing treatment. Root planing smooths out the surfaces of your tooth roots to make it harder for plaque to build up in the same spots.
Our hygienists are also trained to watch for symptoms while providing compassionate dental care. We want you to be comfortable in our office and to feel like one of the family.
How Can OralDNA® Help Me?
Advanced technology can improve periodontal treatment in so many ways, and this includes OralDNA testing. We start with a swish-and-spit sample that is sent to a lab. The OralDNA lab runs genetic testing on your saliva to see how periodontitis might affect you.
MyPerioPath® consists of the DNA results that show the density and severity of your oral pathogens. Depending on the amount and type of pathogens present, we can design an oral health care plan just for you. Not only can you decrease the risk of gum disease, but you can improve your overall health as well.
Schedule Your Periodontal Treatment Today
If you are wondering how gum disease treatment might help you and would like to schedule an appointment, call us today! We’re excited to see how we can help improve your oral health so you feel like smiling all the time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, which is referred to as periodontal disease or gingivitis, is caused by a bacteria that is infecting the tissue surrounding the tooth. This will cause inflammation, discomfort, and bleeding. If not treated the bacteria will form a film which is called plaque. Over time that plaque turns into tarter and this can build up on teeth and spread below the gum line. Only a dental professional can remove this tartar and help manage the disease.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
- Swollen gums and tender gums
- Red or dark red gums
- Gums that easily bleed when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
- Receding gumline
How do you treat periodontal gun disease or gingivitis?
Dr. Lesko and her team of Registered Hygienist have done extensive training and research and have developed three different courses of periodontal therapy to treat your specific disease. If you notice any symptoms of periodontal disease or gingivitis, it is important to schedule an appointment and we will give you a diagnosis and a course of treatment.