June 20, 2017
Millions of Americans (almost half of the population) are currently dealing with periodontal disease. Many of them don’t even realize anything is awry, even though they may notice bleeding, tender, swollen gums and persistent bad breath. Are you experiencing any of the symptoms of the condition? Your dentist in Wilton can help you prevent gum disease through routine preventive care, but if you develop gum disease, your periodontist Dr. Kevin Guze provides high quality gum disease therapy.
The Causes and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Your mouth is filled with bacteria, both good and bad. When you brush and floss regularly and eat a nutritious, low sugar diet, the bacteria stay pretty balanced. But if any of these are not true, the bad bacteria may begin to outnumber the good and eventually cause the infection that leads to gum disease. The gums harbor bad bacteria, which dig a hole in the space between the teeth and gums. If the condition is not treated, these spaces (AKA periodontal pockets) get deeper and deeper until the teeth become loose and eventually fall out.
Patients of all ages can develop gum disease, but the risk raises over the age of 35, and then again past the age of 55. The primary cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Other factors, like tobacco use, dry mouth, a poor diet, and fluctuations in hormones during pregnancy or menopause can also contribute to gum disease.
Overall Health Effects of Gum Disease
Do not delay in seeking treatment for gum disease. The condition takes a toll on an otherwise healthy body. The gums provide easy entry into the bloodstream — and the bacteria that causes gum disease can quickly spread throughout the body. The effect is especially significant for cardiovascular health.
Some of the health conditions linked to gum disease include heart disease, stroke, and uncontrolled diabetes. New research points to links between gum disease, memory loss, and even certain types of cancer.
Find Expert Periodontal Therapy in Wilton
Dr. Kevin Guze is the in-house periodontist at Tyngtown Dental. A graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Guze is our region’s expert in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease. With his expert addition to the Tyngtown team, we are pleased to offer our patients truly comprehensive dental care.
Your gum disease treatment plan will vary based on the level of infection at the time of diagnosis. In the very earliest stages, the infection is easily reversed with improved hygiene at home and a few extra professional cleanings. After the periodontal pockets reach a certain depth, Dr. Guze will recommend scaling and root planing — a nonsurgical therapy that removes plaque and bacteria above and below the gum line. The most advanced stages of periodontitis may require surgical treatment.
Patients also benefit from gum grafting to repair the gum recession that occurs with gum disease.
Bleeding Gums? See Us Right Away!
If you have noticed any of the warning signs of gum disease, seek prompt treatment from the team at Tyngtown Dental. Solid periodontal health contributes to a healthier, happier you! Contact us to book an appointment today.
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