Experienced Periodontal Care Can Prevent Tooth Loss and Improve Your Systemic Health
Want to hear an amazing statistic? According to the American Dental Association, potentially 90% of adults between ages 33 and 45 have some form of gum disease. Further, periodontitis is responsible for up to 70% of adult tooth loss. Unfortunately, it is a silent disease, and you may not detect any symptoms until it is in the advanced stages. The good news is that gum disease can be prevented and successfully treated, especially if caught early on. Dr. Gary Nack and his team will perform a thorough periodontal examination at your initial appointment and during your hygiene visits. If he discovers the symptoms of gum disease, he and his team will provide appropriate periodontal care at his Holland, PA, office. He can also help you to improve your at-home hygiene. Today, there are numerous aids available, including power toothbrushes, toothpastes, water-piks, rinses and even prescription medications.
The Two Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease is due to an increase in oral bacteria. Initially, the bacteria will accumulate along the edge of your gums, leading to the first stage of the condition. This phase, known as gingivitis, causes mild symptoms. Bacteria multiply rapidly, so gingivitis can quickly progress to full-blown periodontitis. A chronic condition, periodontitis can lead to significant discomfort, pronounced bleeding, inflammation, bad breath, and gum recession. As your gums begin to pull away, you could also start to lose your teeth. Eventually, the condition can affect your jaw as well, leading to bone degeneration. While there is no cure for periodontitis, professional treatment can halt its progression and prevent tooth loss.
Periodontal Disease Risk Factors
Poor dental hygiene is the primary cause of gum disease. Nevertheless, you could still develop periodontitis if you maintain appropriate dental care. Other risk factors include:
- A compromised immune system
- A genetic history of the disease
- A diet high in sugar or other starches
The Importance of Periodontal Care
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of gum disease, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. While periodontal disease cannot be cured, professional care can arrest the disease process and return your mouth to a state of health. Tooth loss, dental decay and bad breath are all symptoms associated with periodontal disease but did you know that it can also affect your overall health? Scientists have discovered that periodontal bacteria or their chemical byproducts can enter your blood stream and increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-mature births, and low birth weight babies.
Periodontal Care at Dr. Nack’s Practice
During regular visits, our hygienist will remove the deposits that harbor the bacteria responsible for gum disease. These visits will also give Dr. Nack the chance to look for the early signs of the condition. For gingivitis, a thorough cleaning and modification of your home care is usually all that is needed. If you have developed periodontitis, more detailed treatments will be necessary to resolve your issue. More difficult cases may require a referral to a periodontist.
In all cases, it is important that you do a thorough job of cleaning your teeth twice daily at home (that means flossing too!). Routine home care should seem more purposeful now that you understand the health implications involved. We can discuss your home care and make suggestions for improvement, if needed. We can also recommend specific products that may enhance your oral health.
Contact Us to Protect Your Lifelong Oral Health
To schedule a routine exam or more comprehensive periodontal treatment, contact our office today.