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Periodontal disease is also known as gum tissue disease. It is disease of the supporting structures to the tooth, specifically the underlying bone and gums. Not only can teeth be affected by bacteria but the foundation to teeth can be affected as well. A recent study showed that for people over the age of 30, one out of two adults have periodontal disease. That is over 50% of the American population! Studies also show that the mouth is the gateway to the body’s health; when you have infected gums the infection can spread to the rest of the body, causing the immune system to work overtime.
Gum tissue disease is when the gum tissue becomes infected, causing the gums to be red and swollen. The body tries to fight the disease on its own but prolonged presence of the infection results in the body removing the surrounding bone as well. This directly leads to mobility of the tooth and eventual tooth loss. Dental implants that replace missing teeth can also be susceptible to a specific gum tissue disease called peri-implantitis. This simply means that there is infection of the gum tissues around the implant, putting the longevity of the implant at risk.
There are many factors that contribute to gum tissue disease: age, genetics, smoking, stress, clinching/grinding habits, systemic disease, etc. Dr. Brian Chan will do a thorough review of your medical history to identify any of these factors with the intention of creating a solid plan in the successful treatment of periodontal disease.
What can be done?
We at Classic Dental Smiles are proud of our hygiene department that specializes in working specifically to prevent and/or treat periodontal disease from occurring. With the use of ultrasonic equipment and antibiotic therapy (if needed), our office will do everything we can to remove the infection and restore your bone and gums back to a healthy status. We want you to be confident of your smile and that begins with a healthy foundation to you teeth.
How often do I need a professional cleaning?
As a general guideline, the American Dental Association recommends that a healthy child and adult receive a professional cleaning at least once every six months. As there are varying degrees of gum tissue disease, some patients may need to have a cleaning more frequently than that. It all depends on the severity of the disease, how you take care of your teeth and gums at home i.e. brushing/flossing, and how your mouth is responding to the treatments. During a professional cleaning, our hygienists are able to reach areas that you may be unable to access, not only ensuring clean, healthy gums but also clean and healthy teeth. Our goal is to help you keep your smile by keeping your teeth, no matter what age you may be. Please do not hesitate to give us a call to find out more information!