Treat Gum Disease with Periodontal Therapy in Midland
If Dr. Christensen has informed you that you have periodontal disease, then you’re not alone. Conservative estimates indicate that a large majority of adults in America have periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. Despite the fact that you’re in good company with millions of others, treating gum disease is essential for your oral health as well as your overall health. Midland dentist, Dr. Christensen offers periodontal disease treatment so you can have a smile of healthy teeth and gums.
The Root Cause of Gum Disease
Gum disease is actually a bacterial infection. Where does the bacteria come from? It comes from right inside your mouth. The human mouth is filled with millions of bacteria. Some of these bacteria are essential to the process of digestion. To excess, however, these bacteria multiply and together with mucous and food particles form bacterial plaque. This sticky substance can be removed with good oral hygiene care at home. If this routine is neglected though, plaque can harden and become tartar, which requires professional cleaning in order to be removed.
Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis and periodontitis are the early and advanced stages of periodontal disease. Gingivitis begins with gums that become red and swollen. They may also be sensitive and bleed when you brush and floss. This is not an indication to stop cleaning your teeth! To the contrary, regular brushing and flossing may help you avoid the need for more in-depth periodontal disease treatment in our Midland, TX, dental office.
If left untreated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis. This stage of gum disease is marked by receding gums; enlarged gum pockets around your teeth; visible pus; bad breath; loose teeth; and ultimately tooth loss. Health Risks of Gum Disease
In addition to the consequences to your oral health, gum disease has been linked to a number of systemic diseases and illnesses. Although research thus far has not determined that gum disease is the cause of these illnesses, the oral-systemic connection has been established.
Some of the general health concerns associated with gum disease include:
- Heart disease
- Pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses
- Low birth weight babies
Scaling & Root Planing to Treat Gum Disease
If Midland dentist, Dr. Christensen recommends a professional cleaning to treat your gum disease, then one of our skilled dental hygienists will perform scaling and root planing. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line of your teeth. Root planing evens the root surfaces, so these substances are less likely to stick to your teeth and begin the development of gum disease again. If necessary, a topical antibiotic can be applied directly to your gums to fight infection.