Gum care is an essential component of oral health, but for many patients, the gums are often neglected, resulting in a variety of ailments that affect the health of the entire body. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease, making it important that periodontal health is taken seriously and treated effectively for the best outcomes.
The effects of poor periodontal health
Because periodontal disease wears away the bone and gum that is necessary for healthy permanent teeth, adult tooth loss is a common result of untreated gum disease. Plus, when left untreated, disease festers, allowing for the spread of inflammatory bacteria throughout the bloodstream, which could potentially lead to further health complications and infection throughout the body. Fortunately, through intervention and thorough treatment, gum disease can often be controlled or reversed, minimizing the risk of serious dental consequences and discomfort.
How we treat gum disease
If you suffer from gum disease, we will devise a thorough treatment plan customized to your needs to gently yet effectively treat your periodontal health. At Bowen Legacy Dental, our periodontal programs have helped many patients avoid tooth loss and maintain healthier bone levels—without painful surgeries and discomfort. Some of our periodontal treatment options include gentle, comprehensive non-surgical gum care, like Perio Protect®, as well as a soft-tissue program to restore your smile and improve your health.
In addition to gum care treatments, Dr. Bowen and Dr. Gehlert may also recommend more frequent general examinations to combat your periodontal disease. Though twice-a-year exams are adequate for most patients, those with gum disease often benefit from proactive visits every three to four months. Since much of gum disease management and treatment involves preventative and regular dental care, visiting your dentist more often throughout the year is an important component of your unique treatment plan.
If you suffer from gum disease and are looking for a comprehensive solution, call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss gum care. Dr. Bowen and Dr. Gehlert look forward to helping you promote better periodontal health that will preserve your best smile health for life!