It is vital to treat gum disease as quickly as possible. Not only can the early stages of gingivitis quickly advance to periodontitis, but untreated gum disease can worsen other health issues too. In fact, periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease. Research shows that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease.* Studies have found it possible for bacteria that causes gum disease to enter into the bloodstream. This can clog the arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke. Practicing good oral hygiene now can help prevent more serious overall health issues later!
* According to the American Academy of Periodontology
Gum Disease Treatment Plans
Root planing: your periodontist or dental hygienist will remove the plaque by scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. After this, they will remove rough spots on the tooth root where the bacteria collects and removes any bacteria that’s already present.
Flap surgery: this is reserved for only severe cases of Periodontal disease. In this procedure, a periodontist will lift the gums to expose the tooth and remove tartar. The gums are sutured back in place so the tissue fits snugly around the tooth again.
If you’re experience pain or discomfort with your gums, please request an appointment today and we will help diagnose and treat your problem.
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