Each new patient visit begins with a thorough examination, which includes screening for gum disease. If detected, we employ a conservative approach, including non-surgical and holistic methods in treating it whenever possible.
We knew our examinations were thorough and comprehensive, but we did not realize just how special until more and more new patients shared with us they’d never experienced an exam of the caliber we offer. That’s gratifying, but also unfortunate to hear, as we believe every patient deserves this level of care and attention.
Periodontal disease is a condition that affects the gums and surrounding soft tissues in the mouth. It can affect people of all ages, but is most commonly observed in patients over 35 years of age. Good oral hygiene plays a major role in avoiding periodontal disease and its complications.
Why people get Periodontal Disease?
Numerous factors affect the health of our gums, including genetic predisposition. Other reasons include:
- Medical Conditions – Patients who are stricken with diabetes, cancer or other illnesses experience insufficient immune system activity and are more prone to gum disease.
- Medications – Various prescription drugs compromise positive oral flora and lead to deterioration of the soft tissues of the mouth.
- Poor Nutrition – Improper food intake including foods rich in carbohydrates and sugars stimulate the growth of bacteria often leading to formation of rampant caries and compromised health of the gums.
- Hormonal Changes – Menopause, pregnancy and puberty are recognized as contributors to periodontal disease.
- Lifestyle – Detrimental habits, such as excessive alcohol consumption or smoking, may contribute to poor oral health and prevent the soft tissues from healing.
- Dental Flaws – Teeth that are misaligned or overlapping create additional crevices for collecting debris and bacteria, resulting in the formation of cavities and gum disease.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
The early stages of gum disease are clearly visible and include:
- Inflamed and red gum tissue
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Visible separation of the soft tissue from the tooth structure
- Mobility of the teeth
- White lesions
- Exposure of root surfaces
- Pus secretion
- Ulcers within the oral region
Fortunately, early symptoms may be successfully treated with proper home care and the help of a skilled dental professional.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
A daily oral regimen that includes frequent tooth brushing, flossing and rinsing with anti-bacterial agents will prevent most types of periodontal disease. This routine, coupled with regularly scheduled cleanings and examination visits, will assure the proper health of the entire oral area.