Gum Disease Therapy in the Chicago Loop
When you wash your hands, do you expect your skin to bleed? Neither should you expect your gums to bleed when you brush. If you have red, puffy gums, or gums that bleed when you clean your teeth, you may have periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
As plaque builds up on teeth, the bacteria present can flourish and begin attacking the gums. When the bacteria advance, it creates an infection that breaks down the strong bond between the soft tissue and teeth, creating pockets. These pockets allow bacteria further down into the tooth structure compromising tooth roots and even the jaw bone. The infection can eventually enter the bloodstream through the mouth, putting your health at risk.
Gum Disease and Your Health
Recent studies show a strong link between your overall health and oral health. Adults with instances of gum disease are more likely to suffer serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. Expectant mothers should be especially careful paying close attention to their dental health, as gum disease has been associated with prenatal complications and low birth weight.
Treating Gum Disease
Early stage gum disease is called gingivitis. If identified soon enough, Lakefront Dental can treat gingivitis with a thorough routine cleaning. Once halted, it’s important that you visit our office every six months to maintain your smile. Good home care techniques help, but simply cannot take the place of professional hygiene.
Adults with advanced stage gum disease will need additional attention to restore optimal oral health. Scaling and root planing, also referred to as deep cleaning, allows Lakefront Dental to remove the infection from affected tissues and teeth roots. Scaling and root planing makes it possible to halt, or in some cases, reverse the effects of gum disease, making sure you keep your natural teeth for years to come.
If you think you’re experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, don’t wait to contact our office. Periodontal problems don’t get better with time, in fact, they worsen. Schedule your appointment today at Lakefront Dental in Chicago and let us help you take control of your oral health.