Gum Disease

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There are many forms of periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis.

Am I Susceptible to Periodontal Disease?

  • Smokers
  • Genetics – research proves that up to 30% of the population may be genetically susceptible to gum disease, despite aggressive oral care habits.
  • Pregnant or an adolescent – the hormonal changes your body experiences can affect your gums, they can become sensitive and more susceptible to gum disease.
  • Stress – stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including gum diseases.
  • Certain medications – such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health.
  • Clenchers or Grinders– place excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and this could speed up the rate of periodontal tissues destruction.
  • Diabetics – diabetes can impair the ability to process and/or utilize insulin making it more difficult to control your gum infection.
  • Poor nutrition – poor diet compromises the body’s immune system and makes it harder for the body to fight off periodontal infection.
  • Other systemic diseases – these interfere with the body’s immune system and may worsen the condition of the gums.

What treatment is provided?

To halt this process professional periodontal treatment is required. This involves removing plaque and tartar from below the gum line, leaving the tooth root surfaces clean and smooth with specially designed instruments. This will help improve the health of your gums, reducing gum swelling & bleeding.

Following a scaling, swollen gums shrink to a more healthy contour. As they shrink more of your teeth may become exposed and they may become more sensitive. This must be supplemented with regular at-home oral care – brushing and interdental cleaning.

Supportive Periodontal Therapy

This is an ongoing program designed to prevent periodontal disease from recurring in patients who have undergone periodontal treatment. Dr. Le will recommend a schedule that is tailored to protect your periodontal health. The intervals between visits may range from every 3 to 6 months.

Periodontal Disease Concerns

Periodontitis is associated with Heart Disease, as the bacteria in the mouth can infect the heart. Therefore healthy teeth and gums may reduce the risk of Heart Disease.

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