Posts for tag: Periodontal Disease
After several treatment sessions your periodontal (gum) disease is under control. But, while we may have won this battle, the war rages on. To keep an infection from re-occurring we'll have to remain on guard.
Gum disease begins and thrives on a thin film of bacteria and food particles on tooth surfaces called plaque. The infection usually begins as gingivitis, which causes the gums to become red and swollen (inflamed). Untreated it can develop into periodontitis, a more advanced form that progresses deeper into the gum tissues resulting in bone loss.
To treat the disease, we must remove all the plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) we can find no matter how deeply they've penetrated below the gum line. Since the deeper it extends the more likely surgical techniques may be necessary to consider, it's better to catch the disease in its earliest stages when plaque can be removed with hand instruments or ultrasonic equipment.
The appropriate treatment technique can effectively stop and even reverse gum disease's effects — but it won't change your susceptibility. Constant vigilance is the best way to significantly reduce your risk of another episode. In this case, our prevention goal is the same as in treatment: remove plaque.
It begins with you learning and applying effective brushing and flossing techniques, and being consistent with these habits every day. As your dentist, we play a role too: we may need to see you as often as every few weeks or quarter to perform meticulous cleaning above and below the gum line. We may also perform procedures on your gums to make it easier to maintain them and your teeth, including correcting root surface irregularities that can accumulate plaque.
Our aim is to reduce the chances of another infection as much as possible. "Fighting the good fight" calls for attention, diligence and effort — but the reward is continuing good health for your teeth and gums.
If you would like more information on continuing dental care after gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Cleanings.”
Periodontitis and Heart Disease
There have been several recent industry studies that have shown a connection between the presence of periodontal disease and heart diseases such as endocarditis, coronary artery problems, and stroke. It is believed that the dangerous bacteria that builds up on your teeth can make its way into the bloodstream, carrying it to the arteries and contributing to arterial plaque and blood clot formation. Research showed that people with periodontal disease were twice as likely to have coronary artery disease as well. The amount of other risk factors that go into heart disease make this relationship an ongoing study.
Periodontitis and Diabetes
Because diabetics are more susceptible to a variety of infections, their association with periodontitis is no surprise for your Naples dentist. More people with diabetes also have periodontal disease than those who do not; diabetics are also more prone to losing teeth. It is believed that periodontal disease can have a negative effect on the regulation of sugar and insulin for the diabetic, and thus these patients should seek treatment at Linden Dental in Naples, Florida at the first sign of periodontal problems.