Periodontal Treatments at Kinsey Smiles
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 50 percent of American adults suffer from gum disease. Since gum disease is preventable with the proper care, this statistic is pretty shocking.
At Kinsey Smiles, we treat gum disease to help patients achieve better overall health.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection in the gums that surround your teeth. When left untreated, it can cause bone to deteriorate and may lead to tooth loss.
Early gum disease, known as gingivitis, can develop quickly from lack of effective home care or from not having your teeth professionally cleaned. Even if you brush and floss regularly, tartar and bacteria still build up, especially just below your gumline and between your teeth.
Early signs of gum disease include:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding when flossing, brushing, or eating
- Pain or sensitivity
As gum disease progresses into a serious condition called periodontitis, it is no longer reversible and will require some special maintenance to control. When left untreated you may notice:
- Gum recession
- Constant bad breath you can’t control
- Tooth mobility
- Tooth loss
- Swelling and redness
If you suspect you have gum disease, having treatment now can protect your health.
What Treatments Are Available?
When treating gum disease, we will first perform a periodontal evaluation. By measuring pockets between your teeth and gums, we can develop a treatment plan to help you get back on track. You will commonly hear numbers such as one, two, or three called out during the examination. These are all healthy numbers that indicate your gums are tightly hugging your teeth.
When you start hearing fours, fives, or sixes, it means that your gums have developed pockets where bacteria can collect.
At Kinsey Smiles, we treat gum disease with special dental cleanings designed to promote healing. Often, all that is needed is to remove tartar and bacteria so your body can heal properly. Other times, we may recommend more frequent dental cleanings until the condition is under control.
The Whole Body-Oral Health Connection
Recent research has discovered a link between periodontal disease and other health conditions. Since gum disease is an active infection, it leads to inflammation, which can negatively impact every system in the body.
Some whole body-oral health links include:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Low birth weight babies
- Erectile dysfunction
Recent studies point out that aging women with periodontal disease are at an increased risk for certain types of cancer – breast, esophageal, and gall bladder cancers.
A healthy smile is part of good overall health. Even if you are behind on your dental cleanings, our Kinsey Smiles team will provide solutions that protect your smile and your body from periodontal disease.
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Contact Us to Schedule a Dental Cleaning
Dentistry at Hamilton Hill provides solutions for patients at all levels of health. We will provide gentle, effective dental treatments designed to promote healthy gums. Contact our Dacula, GA dental office today.