Our Oregon City dental practice is here to treat your dental issues with professional and minimally invasive care like Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment. Part of our aggressive preventive treatment includes monitoring your mouth for signs of gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and has been linked to serious illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. The problem can arise without any physical signs, and the bacteria and plaque that infect the gums can multiply quickly.
Your best bet against gum disease is to practice proper oral health care and to visit our office at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings.
Who’s at Risk of Gum Disease?
Certain patients face a higher risk of gum disease, but it’s important to know that no one is immune to gum disease. About 75 percent of Americans will have some form of gum disease in their lives. Most of us, unfortunately, may be living with gum disease and have no idea.
Advanced studies have linked gum disease to serious ailments like heart disease and diabetes, and researchers have even found that a two-way street exists between those conditions and gum disease. This means that patients with gum disease are at a higher risk of having heart issues or complications with diabetes, and patients with diabetes or heart disease are at a greater risk of developing gum disease. Research has also shown that expectant mothers also face a greater risk of gum disease because of the hormonal changes and inflammation present during the pregnancy. If the gum disease is left untreated, it could lead to low birth weights and other pregnancy complications.
While there is no cure for gum disease, it is very treatable. If you’re a patient who faces a higher risk of gum disease, we’ll schedule a thorough examination of teeth and gums.
Signs of Gum Disease
The symptoms of gum disease vary depending on the stage of gum disease. Gum disease can result in uncomfortable swelling and bleeding to even more serious problems like bone loss and tooth failure.
The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Patients with gingivitis often experience swelling or bleeding of the gums. With an aggressive approach and strict at-home care by the patient, we’re often able to reverse the effects of gingivitis.
The most serious form of gum disease is called periodontitis. At this stage, patients often have excruciating pains and have developed infected pockets around the gumline. Periodontitis is not something to ignore, as it will almost certainly spread and lead to bone loss and even total tooth loss.
One of the scariest things about gum disease is that it can happen with little to no warning. We see patients frequently who have little or no discomfort, yet they have advanced stages of gum disease and need immediate care.
How to Treat Gum Disease
Drs. Annalisa and Kyle Smith offer aggressive treatments for patients struggling with gum disease. While the problem is not always reversible, with proper home care and regular visits, we can keep your mouth healthy and avoid future tooth loss.
Our professional team provides scaling and root planing deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from around and below the gumline. Plaque and bacteria can create periodontal pockets and greatly threaten your oral health. Only about 60 percent of your tooth is above the gums. By offering deep cleanings, we can effectively clean the entire tooth and reduce the risk of the gum disease advancing.
If you have gum disease, we also can prescribe antibiotics for the infection. We also encourage you to visit our office at least three times a year for checkups and cleanings.
While gum disease can destroy a beautiful mouth, you don’t have to be a victim of this problem. You can control gum disease or avoid it altogether by scheduling an appointment with our professional dental team. You should also practice good oral health by brushing twice a day and flossing regularly. Call us now at 503-656-8250 or use the convenient online form to request an appointment.
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