Protect Your Health with Periodontal Treatment
Did you know that periodontal disease, or gum disease, can increase your risk for developing serious health conditions like heart disease? Fortunately, at The Center for Dental Excellence, our dental specialists can address gum disease so you can maintain excellent oral health. Our team of dentists are committed to providing a comprehensive approach to dental care and detecting any potential problems in their earliest stages.
How Oral Health Relates to Overall Health
Health complications resulting from gum disease often extend beyond the mouth. An association between gum disease and heart disease has been demonstrated through several studies. The connection is not definitively clear, but researchers believe that the inflammation caused by gum disease is linked to increased inflammation throughout the body, which increases your risk of heart disease. Other research has suggested that the bacteria that infect the gums may contribute to heart disease as it spreads through blood vessels to other parts of the body.
Further studies have pointed to a connection between gum disease and stroke. In one study analyzing the role of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, stroke patients were more likely to have an oral infection than those in the control group. While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, it has been established that good oral health contributes to good overall health.
It is important to know if you are at risk for developing periodontal disease. Some risk factors include:
- Hormonal changes in women (such as pregnancy)
- Certain medications that reduce saliva flow
- Genetic susceptibility
- Poorly controlled diabetes
Gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line. You can keep your teeth and gums healthy with good at-home and professional dental care, including regular check-ups and cleanings.
Periodontal Treatment in Hellam
The main goal of periodontal treatment is to control and clear up bacteria. We provide comprehensive care including non-surgical periodontal therapy (deep cleaning above and below the gum line). Medications, such as prescription mouthwash and topical or oral antibiotics, can also help.
In cases where gum disease is advanced, surgery can help regenerate healthy gum tissue. Flap surgery involves gently lifting back the gums to remove tartar, then suturing them back in place so the tissue fits snugly around the tooth. Grafts may be recommended to restore any bone and soft tissue that has been lost to gum disease and to help your body heal. Along with any kind of treatment, you should continue to maintain good oral hygiene at home.
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Our office features a relaxing atmosphere and we strive to provide each patient with personalized attention and comfortable amenities. To learn more about our periodontal care, schedule an appointment today!