Periodontal Therapy in Randolph
The most common disease in the United States is not what you may think. Heart disease, stroke, or cancer come to mind, but actually gum disease is the single most prevalent disease in America. In fact, it affects more people than heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, and cancer combined. About 80% of the population has some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, periodontitis (an advanced stage), and gingivitis (a mild stage).
Surprisingly, the general public still does not know the severe and deadly complications associated with gum disease. By treating this disease and getting it under control, you can add years to your life. We at Randolph Dental Care take this matter very seriously. That's why we use a revolutionary antibiotic known as Arestin to help patients. Arestin kills bacteria over time, providing you with protection even after your visit is over. We can also supply you with materials to use at home, because we don't want to give you the fish, we want to teach you how to fish! Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are just three of the diseases linked with gum disease. Clink on this link to see more of the diseases caused by periodontal disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support teeth that usually starts early in life. The disease progresses as a person ages. It all starts when plaque hardens into tartar (also called calculus) below the gum line. This irritates vulnerable soft tissues, allowing the infection to set in. Combined with decaying food particles lodged between teeth and bacteria emitted by plaque, the infection can spread quickly. Symptoms are so mild in the early phase (red, tender, swollen gums and bleeding when brushing) that many patients don't recognize them.
As the condition progresses, gums recede (move away from) the teeth, forming pockets of bacteria. The bacteria can destroy gum tissue and bone, causing tooth and bone loss.
Once gum disease sets in, we can often treat it with non-surgical therapy including:
- Scaling – to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
- Root Planing – to reduce rough areas laden with bacterial toxins or the roots of teeth
- Arestin – to kill the bacteria causing your gum disease and provide long-lasting protection for your smile.
- Laser Bacterial Reduction
Expect to attend more frequent hygiene visits so that a dentist or hygienist can monitor your condition and make sure that recovery is on track. Since there is no cure for periodontal disease, you will need to be seen a minimum of four times per year for the rest of your life to maintain this problem.