Periodontal Treatment in Houston
Having periodontal (gum) disease causes more than just bad breath and sore gums. The latest research shows a strong connection between gum disease and systemic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancers, low birth weight babies, and even Alzheimer’s disease. While more research is needed to clarify the exact connection, most researchers agree that it is the inflammatory nature of gum disease that causes systemic complications.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Simply put, periodontal disease is an infection in your gums caused by bacteria. Typically, periodontal disease is preventable with proper home care and regular dental visits. That is why it is so shocking that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease.
In its early stages, called gingivitis, periodontal disease can be reversible. As it progresses, however, permanent damage may occur. Later stage gum disease, called periodontitis, may require extensive treatment and even surgery to gain control. Periodontitis could be something you grapple with your entire life. We can help you manage gum disease based on your specific needs.
What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
At first, your symptoms may be mild and can include bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth. You may notice a bad taste in your mouth and have bad breath. Often times, you don’t notice your own bad breath unless a trusted friend or your dentist points it out. You can be sure that others notice it, though! Gum disease has a distinctive odor caused by bacteria.
As your condition progresses, other symptoms may arise including pain, sensitivity, bone loss, gum recession, tooth mobility or loss, and inflammation.
Seeking treatment at the first sign of a problem can help us get control of the infection and promote healing.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
At the early stages of gum disease, we can often treat your condition with improved home care habits and a professional dental cleaning designed to eliminate bacteria, plaque, and tartar.
In its later stages, you may require localized antibiotic treatment, a deep periodontal cleaning that may take more than one visit, and even surgery. Once your condition progresses, you will likely need to have periodontal maintenance dental cleanings for the rest of your life to save your teeth and protect your gums.
At HD Dentistry, we understand that sometimes life can get in the way of your dental appointments and home care. We will never make you feel bad or guilty about coming to us for help. Instead, we will focus on the solutions that will improve your health and help save your teeth. Our compassionate team will be by your side every step of the way.
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If you have symptoms of gum disease, contact our Houston, TX dental office right away and we will help you take the first steps to restoring your health and protecting your smile.