Prevention of gum disease is the number one reason to see your dentist regularly. Gum disease is a chronic, inflammatory condition that impacts your overall health. Bacteria present in your mouth enter your bloodstream through the capillaries in your gums. This systemic infection causes circulatory disease, and inflammation, possibly overwhelming your body’s immune defenses.
The oral environment is no longer considered separate from the body. We now know that it is a reflection of your overall health. Essentially, poor oral health equals poor systemic health. The potential risks of untreated gum disease range from minor to deadly. Oral infection has been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Adverse pregnancy
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Lung disease
- Chronic inflammation
- Blood sugar levels
- Colon cancer and more
The best treatment for gum disease is prevention. Brush your teeth after every meal and floss every day. People who floss regularly live an average of seven years longer than those who don’t. Excellent dental care for your entire family is your best weapon against gum disease. Professional teeth cleanings, which remove the plaque and tartar your toothbrush won’t reach, are vital for a long and healthy life, as well as a beautiful healthy smile.
In the past, early signs of gum disease were often treated with a “wait and see” approach. Today, with greater understanding of the vital impact it has on your entire body, treatment is much more aggressive. A yearly (at minimum) periodontal evaluation is vital to catch potential problems early. If gum disease is developing, we want to begin effective treatment immediately, to prevent progression of the disease, and preserve your overall health.
Gingivitis is the early reversible form of gum disease. At this stage, there is no bone loss. It can be treated in Dr. Bernstein’s office. By removing the plaque and tartar, which are harboring bacteria, the infection is removed. It must also be treated at home, with meticulous oral hygiene.
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease, which cannot be cured, but can be controlled. Dr. Bernstein will devise an aggressive, non-surgical, treatment plan of regular teeth cleaning and root scaling. He and his dedicated team will monitor your condition, and give you advice about proper at-home cleaning.
To preserve your smile and your health, come to Dr. Richard Bernstein, and experience the quality of dental care you deserve.