Bryant, AR Periodontal Therapies
Periodontal, gum, disease is one of the most common oral and overall health issues in the US. Luckily, it is also one of the most easily prevented with regular checkups at our office. If you’re suffering from gum disease or it’s been more than six months since your last preventive checkup, contact David L. Ouellette and his team to schedule an appointment or find out more today.
What is Gum Disease?
More than half of US adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. Recent studies indicate that as much as 80% of this population is afflicted with periodontal disease, but many of these patients are unaware. Gum disease is an infection caused by an overabundance of bacteria around the gums that creates excessive buildup of plaque, the acidic biofilm produced by bacteria. The earliest stage of gum disease is commonly referred to as gingivitis. Most patients experience little if any symptoms in this phase of the disease. Regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings allow us to diagnose these issues in their earlier stages where it may go unnoticed by patients. These appointments are essential in order to prevent the more severe form of gum disease, periodontitis. Patients suffering from periodontitis may experience a number of oral and overall health issues including chronic bad breath, gum tissue recession, dental shifting, and tooth loss.
Am I at Risk for Gum Disease?
Without adequate oral health care at home and regular preventive dental checkups in our Bryant office, anyone can develop gum disease, but some patients are at a higher risk than others. Patients who participate in any of the following behaviors or suffer from these illnesses, should be extra vigilant for warning signs of gum disease:
- Pregnancy – gum disease during pregnancy is so common there’s a term for it – pregnancy gingivitis
- Tobacco use – smoking and chewing tobacco increases the risk for gum disease
- Poor oral hygiene – carefully removing plaque buildup from every surface of teeth on a daily basis is essential to preventing gum disease
- Malnutrition – inadequate consumption of necessary nutrients and over consumption of highly acidic or sugary foods are both contributors to gum disease
- Immunosuppression – patients with immune compromising illnesses such as diabetes and HIV are at increased risk for periodontal disease
Gum Disease Therapies
Our team offers a number of treatments for patients suffering from periodontal disease. Caught in the early stage, gingivitis, more frequent professional cleanings may be adequate to reverse damage and renew oral health. For more advanced cases, we will likely recommend scaling, the systematic removal of plaque and tartar around the gum line, and root planing, the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future plaque buildup. These treatments may be accompanied by local antibiotic therapy. If damage from gum disease is not adequately improved by these treatments, we may recommend more advanced surgical procedures including pocket depth reduction, tissue regenerations, and soft tissue grafting.