Periodontal problems are both widespread and underestimated as a health concern. Right here in Huntsville, AL, we have treated more cases of gum disease than we can count.
Yet, we would much rather take steps to prevent it from being an issue for our patients. If you have periodontal disease or you want to stop it, we hope you will visit the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS in the near future.
Since February is Gum Disease Awareness Month (among other things), we want to take some time to share some facts. We also want to encourage you to take control of your oral health with good dental habits.
That includes visiting us for regular cleanings and exams. Call 256-801-0002 to make your next appointment if you haven’t already.
Things You Should Know About Gum Disease
Gum disease affects 7 in 10 people (using conservative estimates), which is why it’s important for everyone to know about this condition. Here are some things you should know:
- The Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly half of all adults 30 years and older have some form of periodontitis.
For the record, periodontitis is considered an advanced form of gum disease. Its consequences can include lingering bad breath, receding gums, bone damage to your jaw, and loose and lost teeth. For what it’s worth, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
- Gum disease has been linked to a variety of general health problems.
It may be obvious that having unhealthy gums is bad for your oral health, but poor gum health can affect your overall health as well. Having gum disease can make it more difficult to manage blood sugar levels. The bacteria in infected gums also have been found in the hearts of heart attack victims.
- Your genes can leave you more vulnerable to periodontal problems.
We know it isn’t fair, but you may be more prone to gum infections if gum problems are common in your family. That makes it all the more important to brush, floss, and get regular dental exams.
Caring For Your Gums
We’ve already noted some things you can to help prevent gum disease, but it’s worth repeating. Brushing and flossing daily along with regular professional dental cleanings can do a lot to reduce your risk of periodontal problems.
Nevertheless, we know that gum disease is likely to remain a real concern for many people going forward. With that in mind, you should know that we can help treat gum disease as well.
The first option is often procedure call scaling and root planing. This is done to first remove plaque and tartar buildup on roots of your teeth. The next part of this process is smoothing the surface of your roots. This makes it harder for bacteria to stick to your teeth and easier for your gum tissue to reattach.
When gum recession has been a problem, Dr. Perkins has training in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. This is a less invasive way to restore your gums to their original positions.
You also may be prescribed Perio Protect®, which involves wearing a mouthguard filled with an antibiotic. This can kill any remaining harmful bacteria and reduce your risk of reinfection.
Contact Us Today!
Whether you want to keep your gums as healthy as they can be or treat on ongoing infection, Dr. Perkins is ready to help. Just contact our Huntsville, AL dental office to set up your gum disease treatment. Call 256-801-0002 or contact us online.