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The Dangers of Periodontal Disease

Do you have periodontal disease? It turns out that the health of your mouth is only one reason to get this disease taken care of sooner rather than later!

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease, is present in 50% of adults over the age of 30. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and begins with gum soreness, swelling, or bleeding. Most patients see the after-effects of gum disease, where their gums start to recede from their teeth.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and gums. This bacteria is tissue invasive and cannot be removed by deep cleanings alone. Plaque is the biofilm that intensifies with the bacterial condition and chemistry in the mouth. Brushing and flossing daily can help prevent gum disease. If plaque isn’t removed properly every day, it hardens and can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning. Plaque is one of the areas where the bacteria can grow and can inflame the tissue in your gums.

Why should I be concerned about periodontal disease?
Early symptoms of periodontal disease include gums that are swollen and bleeding, bad breath, and teeth that are overly sensitive. If the disease isn’t treated, it can eventually destroy the bone around the roots, which can lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is often referred to as the “silent disease,” because it can lead to much more than just dental problems. Researchers have found there is a connection to other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, erectile dysfunction, infertility, pre-term births, and Alzheimer’s disease.

What can be done about periodontal disease?
It used to be that the go-to treatment for periodontal disease was a scaling (a deep cleaning of the tooth below the gumline) and root planing (a smoothing of the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from adhering to the root). Extreme cases might even call for corrective surgery.

Early intervention is critical to treatment of gum disease. The dentists and hygienists at Academy Dental Care have completed extensive training and research in modular periodontal therapy, which is a scientifically validated system of testing, medication, and at-home care treatment that focuses on the biological condition, not just the removal of plaque. One of the reasons our patients prefer this treatment is because it is a conservative periodontal approach without surgery.

Why do patients go to Academy Dental Care for periodontal disease treatment?
At Academy Dental Care, we treat gum disease differently, with an emphasis on our patients’ comfort and an eye on reducing the anxiety that many patients feel just at the thought of visiting the dentist.

Our treatment focuses on the connection between inflammation in the mouth and the root cause for what is going on inside your body. We believe that not all of the bacteria in your mouth is dangerous, and we use a bacterial screening process to identify what kind of bacteria is causing the infection in your gums. Then we concentrate on medicating those areas that are infected. We also emphasize early intervention and preventative measures to fight periodontal disease before it gets too severe. Modular periodontal therapy can help the mouth and body return to full health in a pain free, non-invasive environment.

Periodontal disease may not seem serious at first — but besides the damage it can do to your teeth, it can cause other significant health issues as well. Whether it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or you’re concerned you may have periodontal disease, don’t wait! Make an appointment with Academy Dental Care in Albuquerque today!