Periodontal treatment is the dental procedure used to address gum disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, develops when poor dental hygiene like lack of proper brushing or flossing lead to infections in the gum tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. If untreated, gum disease can lead to sore and bleeding gums. More severe cases of periodontal disease can lead to loss of teeth when the gum tissues surrounding the teeth become so damaged they can’t even support the teeth anymore.
Periodontal Disease Can Cause Major Health Issues
Recent dental discoveries have also linked gum disease to heart disease. Many dental professionals in the past have isolated their treatments and procedures to the mouth, not understanding the systemic effects they would eventually cause. When periodontal disease occurs, disease and bacteria can enter the bloodstream more easily through the damaged gum tissue and is therefore circulated through the body.
Dr. Brett Felton and the experienced general dentistry team offer non-surgical periodontal treatment to help address short and long-term effects that can be caused by periodontal disease. We truly care about not just the oral health of our patients, but the overall health and invest the resources and energy needed to be proficient at addressing the seriousness of periodontal disease. Our periodontal treatment takes whole body wellness into consideration.
80% of American Adults Have Gum Disease
Some figures put the percentage of American adults that have some form of gum disease (or periodontal disease) at 80%. Yes, 80%! Because the connection between gum disease and overall health is not understood by the general public, it has not become a general concern yet. However, this does not mean that those who are unaware of the connection are immune to periodontal disease’s effects. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults! So in the case of gum disease, the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely fits. Make sure to keep up on your regular dental hygiene visits and consistently brush and floss at home as well.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
Although gum disease can sometimes occur without symptoms, some of the telltale signs include:
- Gums that red, swollen, or tender to the touch.
- Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing.
- Gum recession.
- Teeth that are loose or shift.
- A bad taste in the mouth or bad breath that persists.
Stop Periodontal Disease in Missoula
If you are experiencing any gum inflammation, tenderness, or bleeding, please schedule a periodontal treatment visit today. Let’s take care of any issues you may have now before your periodontal disease gets worse.
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