Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease is a leading cause of tooth loss and may be associated with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The main cause of periodontal (gum) disease is plaque, but other factors affect the health of your gums such as your age, smoking, genetics, stress and medications.

Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that over 70% of adults 65 and older have periodontitis. Smoking may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. Stress is linked to many serious conditions such as hypertension, cancer, and numerous other health problems. Stress also is a risk factor for periodontal disease. Stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases. Some drugs, such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health. Inform us of all medicines you are taking and any changes in your overall health to keep you treatment and records up to date.

Your nutrition plays an important role in the strength of your immune system. Poor nutrition makes it harder for your body to fight off infection. Periodontal disease begins as an infection and therefore poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums. In addition, research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of periodontal disease.

Your improved periodontal health begins with a comprehensive examination to locate the problems areas, allowing us to set up a treatment plan to control the disease. Your periodontal therapy will improve the health of your gums by removing the harmful accumulation of plaque and tartar. The dental hygienist is specially trained to remove this tartar to prevent the progression of gingivitis to more advanced stages of periodontal disease. Regular dental prophylaxis is the cornerstone for a lifetime of dental health.