Germantown dentists provide effective gum disease treatment
Gum disease can occur at any age, to either gender, and all ethnicities, with diabetes, pregnancy, and tobacco use increasing the risk. A 2012 study by the CDC reveals that about half of those aged 30 or older have periodontitis, the advanced stage. Dr. Don Walley and his team at Dental Care of Germantown urge you to maintain regular checkups to monitor gum health.
Understanding gum disease
Hundreds of strains of bacteria live in your mouth. When the balance of oral flora is disrupted, harmful bacteria overpopulate. If they are not quickly removed with proper brushing and flossing, they form a sticky film. This plaque also traps food debris, feeding bacteria the sugars and starches they need to thrive.
Plaque hardens into tartar at the gum line, irritating soft tissues. This phase, called gingivitis is characterized by bleeding when you brush; puffy, discolored gums; and chronic bad breath.
Without treatment, gums become inflamed, losing their tight seal to teeth, and forming periodontal pockets. Bacteria hide in these pockets, penetrating deeper. Gums recede, exposing root surfaces susceptible to decay, and spaces form between teeth. Eventually ligaments and bone that support teeth are attacked. Teeth loosen and fall out or require extraction.
Gum heath impacts wellness
Teeth are the only part of the body’s boney structure that extend beyond skin. We rely on a tight girdle of gum tissue to keep harmful pathogens out of internal systems. Gum disease allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream, triggering systemic inflammation. Gum disease is linked to elevated risk of:
- Stroke and heart attack.
- Respiratory problems.
- Pre-term birth.
- And more.
Treatment options for every case
Gingivitis can usually be healed with a thorough professional cleaning and improved home hygiene. Milder periodontitis responds to scaling and root planing – removal of bacteria, plaque, and tartar below the gum line. The Dental Care of Germantown team uses a laser technique for maximum effectiveness and patient comfort. In severe cases, periodontal surgery, performed by Dr. Echetebu eliminates diseased tissues and helps to re-establish gum health.
Give your gums the care they deserve. Call Dental Care of Germantown at (901) 472-7474 for effective gum disease treatment.