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Gum Disease Treatment with Periodontal Therapy
If Dr. Givan or one of our hygienists has told you that you have gum disease, then treatment is imperative not only for the sake of your oral health, but your general health, as well. Medical and scientific research has discovered the oral-systemic connection. Put simply, the health condition of your mouth can have an impact on your overall health. In particular, gum disease—also called periodontal disease—has been pegged as the possible precursor to a number of bodily illnesses and diseases including:
- Heart disease and heart attack
- Pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses
- Pregnancy complications, such as pre-term delivery and low birth weight infants
How can all of these illnesses be linked to gum disease? Both gingivitis and periodontitis—the early and advanced stages of gum disease—are initially caused by the bacteria that live naturally in your mouth. These bacteria are found throughout the oral cavity. However, without regular brushing and flossing they become trapped in plaque, which is that gooey and colorless film that develops on teeth and gums throughout the day. There in plaque, the bacteria can multiply and produce more of the toxins that ultimately lead to gum disease. Moreover, if not removed, plaque will become tartar, a hard porous substance that firmly adheres to your tooth roots above and below the gum line.
Now, you have gum disease. At first, you may notice that your gums are tender and red instead of a healthy shade of pink. They may even bleed when you try to floss—and no one wants bleeding gums, so you stop flossing! At this point, the condition is called gingivitis and you may be able to stop the progression with greater attention to good oral hygiene at home. However, if left unchecked, then gingivitis can become periodontitis, which is marked by more serious symptoms such as bad breath, visible pus, and deepened gum pockets around your teeth. What you cannot see is what gum disease does below the gum line. Here, the disease can destroy the connective tissue and bone that hold your teeth. As a result, teeth can loosen and tooth loss may result. Moreover, now the bacteria that initially caused your gum disease have access to the rest of your body through your bloodstream and your respiratory system.
Treating Gum Disease in Fort Worth, TX
To treat gum disease, Forth Worth residents come to Dr. Givan. We perform a procedure called scaling and root planing. After administering anesthesia, one of our gentle hygienists will use a special dental instrument to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. This is called scaling. Planing leaves your tooth roots silky smooth, so there’s less chance of plaque being able to stick. After scaling and root planing, maintaining a regular schedule of brushing and flossing at home is critical.
If you are seeing any of the visible signs of gum disease mentioned above, then please don’t wait to call our office and schedule an appointment. You’ll not only be taking care of your oral health, but you may very be helping yourself to avoid serious general health complications. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Fort Worth proudly serves patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including nearby communities in Haltom City, Forest Hill, Saginaw, Benbrook, and beyond.