Gum disease is much more common than you might think. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, an estimated 75% of people over the age of 35 have some form of it! Unfortunately, though, many don’t even realize they have it. And if this disease should progress, it can lead to many severe health problems including heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness, and complications with pregnancy. That’s why, at Anew Dental & Orthodontics, we’re committed to the successful treatment and prevention of gum disease. Our leading periodontics team will identify your symptoms and provide excellent care to ensure you remain in good health.
Because all patients are different, the treatment methods for gum disease may vary depending on the stage and severity of the illness. Here are a few of the procedures that we provide to restore your oral health.
- Scaling and Root Planing – This deep cleaning treatment is a non-surgical option for those in the earlier stages of gum disease. Using this method, we will clean the plaque and tartar from hard to reach places within the gum tissue. We will thoroughly clean your gums, dental enamel, roots, and gum pockets to eliminate the infection entirely.
- Pocket Reduction Procedure – This surgical procedure is utilized when patients’ gum disease has progressed beyond the point of successfully using non-surgical methods. This procedure entails folding down gum tissue in order to reveal the bacteria that lies beneath it. We will then thoroughly clean the gum pockets and remove the infection.
- Gum Graft Procedure – If gum disease has damaged your gums, it is possible that you may need a gum graft procedure to repair them. We will supplement your gum tissue and remedy your receding gum line with tissue from either a donor or your palate.
Preventing Gum Disease
When it comes to gum disease, prevention is key! Luckily, gum disease is actually quite easy to prevent with a thorough dental hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice per day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for a routine check-up every six months. By seeing your Anew dentist regularly, we can help to catch any symptoms of the illness long before it can take hold and cause serious damage to your gums, jawbone, teeth, and overall health.
Another important component of preventing gum disease is knowing your risk level. It is critical that you know if you are at a higher risk of gum disease so you can be particularly diligent about preventative care. Here are a few criteria to look for that may make you at higher risk of experiencing some form of gum disease:
- Smoking and/or using tobacco products
- Poor nutrition
- Genetic predisposition to gum disease
- Chronic stress
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Buildup of dental plaque
- Hormonal fluctuations
If you believe you may be at risk for gum disease, or have experience symptoms of the illness, be sure to contact Anew Dental & Orthodontics right away to schedule your next appointment.