If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone. An estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of the disease. Periodontal disease is bacterial and or genetic inflammation that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Gum disease is a threat to your oral and overall health, and in more severe cases teeth may be lost. Levin Family Dental is committed to the highest form of care to combat gum disease.
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What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Research is also pointing to possible health effects of periodontal diseases that go well beyond your mouth, affecting your whole body health. Whether the disease is stopped, slowed, or becomes more severe depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day.
Symptoms may go undetected, often until the disease is advanced. Symptoms are often masked in smokers. They include:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
How does Periodontal Disease Affect You?
Research is now showing that having uncontrolled periodontal disease can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, Pregnant women with periodontal disease have a greater incidence of delivering preterm or low birth weight babies, and diabetics have a greater difficulty in controlling their blood sugar levels. Also, surgeons are now requiring organ transplant patients to have a clean bill of periodontal health before receiving a transplant.
How do you treat Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease should be treated on an individualized basis, considering each person’s specific risk factors, including current health status, medications, lifestyle, and past medical history. Periodontal disease, being bacterial, is best treated with meticulous plaque control and professional removal of these harmful microorganisms. At times an antibacterial product may be necessary to fight more severe cases. We will regularly examine your gums during your routine checkups in order to detect periodontal disease as soon as possible. Dr. Levin or Dr. Derse may recommend x-rays to identify any problems that may exist so they are able to develop the best treatment plan for your specific needs.
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