Periodontal TherapyAn Overview
Gum disease affects almost 70% of adults.
Periodontal disease is a common bacterial infection of the gum tissue that can threaten the health and integrity of the teeth, which are supported by healthy gums. Often a result of poor oral hygiene, gum disease may be preventable with routine oral health exams and improved oral hygiene.
Gum disease is a progressive disease that is best treated in the earliest stage of development known as gingivitis. As bacteria multiply and spread damage can be caused to the gums, teeth, and jaw.
Patients with gum disease are more prone to:
- Receding gumlines
- Swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loosening of teeth
- Tooth Loss
- Bone loss
Advanced gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.
As gum disease spreads bacteria from deep pockets within the gumline. Gums become inflamed and start to pull away from the teeth. Receding gums increase the risk of loose teeth that may fall out.
Left untreated periodontal disease can damage more than just our oral health. Patients with gum disease are at a higher risk of many systemic diseases. Once bacteria enter the bloodstream, patients are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes.
For patients with an existing disease or medical conditions, periodontal disease can often impact symptoms and may be made worse by prescribed medication. Discuss your medical concerns with Dr. Adams and our team during routine visits so that we can make the most individualized recommendations for your needs.
Dr. Heather Adams offers periodontal therapy for patients in Rogers and Bentonville, AR with varying stages of gum disease. Personalized treatment and oral hygiene advice can help patients with developing or chronic gum disease to restore health and avoid more complex dental problems.