What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is unfortunately a very common problem in the United States. Studies show 75% of people in the United States have had issues with their gum health.
There are different varying degrees of gum disease, and it’s actually the most common reason that adults lose their teeth.
Gum disease is an infection in the gums, and therefore also in the bones once it gets to be rather severe. This causes bone loss down into and around each of the teeth. When that happens, bacteria gets into your bone and blood stream and can become a systemic problem, not just an oral problem.
The link between gum disease and heart disease, stroke, and heart attack are so strong that this is one of our biggest concerns for our patients, aside from oral cancer screenings. Successfully treating existing gum disease can greatly improve quality of life and decrease many serious systemic risk factors.
At Roswell Complete Dentistry we offer one of the most conservative treatments for periodontal disease. Ask us if Perio Protect trays are right for you.
How Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health
At Roswell Complete Dentistry, we stay on top of the latest scientific research available in the field of dentistry. We now know that if you have an unhealthy mouth you are at risk for developing serious systemic illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pre-term labor, as well as auto-immune and inflammatory diseases. To learn more visit our Complete Health Dentistry page. If you already have a systemic illness AND your mouth is unhealthy, it puts you at a higher risk of developing crippling disabilities associated with your illness, and can even lead to premature death. Improving the health of your mouth can greatly reduce your risk for future illness, reduce the negative impact your current illness is having on your body, can reduce the amount of medications you need, and in some cases can actually reverse your illness entirely.
How To Tell If Your Gums Are Unhealthy
A simple test is to vigorously floss between all of your teeth. Look for any blood on the floss. If the gums bleed, you have gingivitis at least, and possibly more progressive gum disease. Healthy gums do not bleed when you clean your teeth with brushing or flossing. If your teeth and gums bleed when you brush and floss, you are at risk for serious illness.
Roswell Complete Dentistry is here to help you reverse your risk and get your mouth healthy. We are dedicated to customizing a plan that includes the best treatment options to reverse this dangerous disease. We help our patients avoid deep, painful cleanings and gum surgery whenever we can by utilizing our conservative custom treatments for unhealthy gums.
If you have been told you need a deep cleaning or gum surgery, we recommend you schedule a consultation with us at Roswell Complete Dentistry.
Treating Gum Disease with Perio Protect Trays
At Roswell Complete Dentistry, we offer a leading-edge conservative periodontal treatment called Perio Protect trays to improve the health of your gums. The custom specialized Perio Protect trays fit over your teeth and deliver oxygen deep into the gum pockets around your teeth. It is in these deep pockets that the harmful bacteria live and cause a chronic infection in your mouth and begin their journey of circulation through your entire body.
The presence of these bacteria cause your body to launch an inflammatory response targeted at the infection in your gums. The effects of this inflammatory response are widespread throughout your body.
Scientific research shows that this inflammation is harmful to your whole system and puts you at risk for serious illness. At Roswell Complete Dentistry we utilize the direct action of Perio Protect trays along with other periodontal treatments to destroy the bacteria causing the inflammatory response throughout your body, which promotes a healthy environment where the body is allowed to heal itself.