Unfortunately, gum disease is a common condition. The Centers for Disease Control tell us that half of Americans age 30 and older have gum disease (also called periodontal disease). It’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss and is linked to several whole-body health conditions. In Raleigh NC, Dr. Robert Allen takes a proactive approach to help patients prevent gum disease. He also offers non-surgical treatment to address the damage caused by this stealthy, chronic condition.
Gum Disease 101
Gum disease occurs when plaque sits on teeth and produces toxins that irritate gum tissue. In the early stage, called gingivitis, red, puffy gums that may bleed after brushing or flossing are often the only symptoms. Gingivitis is reversible with a thorough dental cleaning followed by proper care at home.
If gingivitis isn’t properly addressed, it can progress to a more advanced stage of gum disease that begins to destroy the bonds that hold teeth and gums together. Pockets of infection may occur at the gumline, and teeth can start to loosen. Dr. Allen may recommend a deep dental cleaning and antibiotic therapy at this stage of the disease’s progression.
The most severe form of gum disease, called periodontitis, jeopardizes teeth, gum tissue, and bone. Surgical intervention is often the only treatment for late-stage gum disease.
Take a Stance
It’s important to be proactive in the fight against gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing at home combined with 6-month dental checkups and cleanings can prevent gum disease from occurring and reverse cases of early-stage gum disease. Diligence is key to prevent the damage gum disease can cause. You see, it’s not only your smile that’s impacted by gum disease. Several studies have demonstrated a link between gum disease and whole-body health issues, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes complications, low birth weight, dementia, and more. The evidence continues to mount.
As your partner in the fight against gum disease, Dr. Allen will assess your risk factors, determine the optimal course of action, and help you find ways to stay a step ahead of this damaging condition.
Call Raleigh Dental Excellence today to schedule a checkup and cleaning with a dentist devoted to improving the oral and overall health of our patients.