In order to have good oral health, the care and treatment of your gums is just as important as the care given to your teeth. Your gums serve a vital purpose. Healthy gums help to support your teeth, protect the bone structure beneath your teeth, and reduce the risk for oral disease.
Why Gums Matter
The health of your gums is tied in with more than just your oral health. Numerous studies have linked gum disease with other serious health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory concerns, reproductive issues, and cancer.
Your teeth rely on your gums to support and protect them. As periodontal disease advances, your gums recede, exposing more of your tooth and paving the way for an increased risk of decay, infection, loose teeth, and lost teeth.
Our office takes your gum health very seriously. We will work with you to create a treatment program to maintain good periodontal health. If gum disease is already a concern for you, talk to us. Our office practices the periodontal treatment protocol of the JP Institute, a program designed to treat mild-to-moderate periodontal disease with a focus on repetitive therapies and locally acting antibiotics. These treatments allow us to slow the progression of periodontal disease without the need to resort to surgery.
Do You Have Gum Disease?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 50% of all adults over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease. Are you one of the 65 million adults with gum disease?
Gum disease can range from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. Many people with mild gum disease may not even realize that they have the condition. Early gum disease is characterized by swelling and tenderness in the gums. The gums will also lose the pink hue that indicates good health and become redder. As the disease progresses, you may experience sensitivity in your teeth, and your gums may bleed when brushed. Your gums will begin to recede from the teeth, and pockets will begin to form. These pockets provide an opening for bacteria to get deep into your gum tissue and cause infection, which speeds up the progression of gum disease and leads to bone loss and systemic infections.
Preventing and Treating Gum Disease
Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily is your best tool in preventing gum disease. Because brushing and flossing cannot remove all the bacteria and plaque that may develop, it’s also crucial that you visit us as recommended for professional cleanings.
A variety of factors can contribute to gum disease including age, gender, lifestyle habits (such as smoking and nutrition), certain health conditions and medications, and your genetics. This means that even with excellent oral hygiene habits, you may develop gum disease, so regular check-ups are a must.
If we discover signs of gum disease during your examination, we will work quickly to develop a treatment protocol based around your individual needs. Your recommended treatment program may include antimicrobial products to be used at home, deep cleaning at our office, and antibiotic therapy using Arestin. We will discuss your condition and our therapies with you thoroughly to make sure you understand how the treatment works and why we recommend it.
To schedule an examination with Dr. Drower, please call our office today.