Gum Disease Treatment in North Colorado Springs
The periodontal disease is painless in its early stages and it is perceived as an “invisible: disease by most of the patients. On top of the obvious consequence of loosing teeth, the periodontal disease has been linked to other serious conditions: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications.
In our Colorado Springs dental office, Dr. Roxy and the hygiene team will perform a thorough periodontal exam using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. They will let you know your oral health condition and, if needed, they will discuss with you the treatment options such as scaling and root planing, frequent periodontal maintenance and antibiotic therapy.
Your oral hygiene and nutrition are the utmost importance for your dental health. That’s why we will ask you questions about your eating behaviors. Your answers will allow us to asses your risk of developing caries and we will make recommendations on how to avoid this from happening.
What is Gum Disease, and What Causes It?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Periodontal diseases include gingivitis and periodontitis. Bacterial plaque – a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth – is recognized as the primary cause of gum disease. If plaque isn’t removed each day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into a rough, porous substance called calculus (also known as tartar).
Toxins produced and released by bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. These toxins cause the breakdown of the fibers that hold the gums tightly to the teeth, creating periodontal pockets that fill with even more toxins and bacteria. As the disease progresses, pockets extend deeper, and the bacteria moves down until the bone that holds the tooth in place is destroyed. The tooth eventually will fall out or require extraction
Just how serious is gum disease? Isn’t it just my gums?
No, periodontal disease can have far reaching effects in your entire body. Did you know that it’s been linked to a 7x increased risk of heart attack and stroke? That it can worsen your diabetes and your overall health because diabetes weakens your immune system? That for pregnant women, it can increase your risk of pre-term births or low-birth-weight infants? These are serious health concerns that can shorten your life, not just make it harder to eat the foods you like.
Gum disease is one of those “silent” diseases; in other words, just like diabetes, it can cause major problems for your health before you’re even aware that you have it. Here is a video clip discussing the link between gum disease and the increased risk of heart attack.