Treating Gum Disease with Periodontal Therapy
You might be surprised to learn that the most common disease in the U.S. is also the most common oral health problem. According to some estimates, roughly 80% of American adults have some form of periodontal disease. The mildest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis, and the most advanced form is periodontitis.
Periodontal disease forms when bacterial plaque and tartar accumulate along the gum line. Over time, this mixture irritates soft tissue, resulting in an infection. The early symptoms of periodontal disease often go unnoticed, but they include red, tender, or swollen gums and bleeding when you brush or floss. More advanced signs include frequent bad breath and receding gum line.
Why is Treating Periodontal Disease So Important?
When confronted at the earliest stage of development, gingivitis, gum disease is treated with a better homecare routine and more frequent dental cleanings. As gingivitis turns into periodontitis, more advanced procedures are required. Scaling and root planing, are two therapies designed to remove bacteria from pockets formed between teeth and gums.
Besides the harm that periodontal disease does to smiles, it also increases your risk of other medical problems. These problems range from heart disease and stroke to diabetes and pregnancy complications. Tackling periodontal disease with personalized care helps maintain overall health.
What to Expect During Your Consultation?
At Ace Dental, we're happy to offer periodontal therapy for patients with gingivitis or periodontitis. During an initial consultation, our friendly, compassionate team assesses health needs and determines which form of periodontal disease you're struggling with. Based on the results of our oral exam, we create a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. If you have questions about the plan we recommend, we are happy to address your concerns. Contact one of our Central Texas dental offices located in Belton, Harker Heights, Killeen, Taylor, Temple, and Waco to reserve your visit.