At least 80% of the population has some degree of gum disease, though most don’t know it; in fact, patients with early-stage gum disease typically don’t realize they even have it. Similar to high blood pressure or heart disease, most patients only notice the symptoms of gum disease once it’s become more advanced. What’s more, most cases of adult tooth loss can be linked to gum disease. This all-too-common condition has even been linked with a range of other serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, premature birth, and low birth weight. We offer periodontal therapy in Reynoldsburg, OH to renew oral health for those struggling with gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by an accumulation of bacterial plaque that sits on and below the gum line. Over time, this infection can damage the gums as well as the jawbones. The most common signs a gum infection is present is red or inflamed gums, bleeding when brushing and flossing, and chronic bad breath. In severe cases, it can lead to tooth loss.
When left untreated, pockets can develop between the teeth and gums and bacteria can even enter the bloodstream as a result. This puts you at higher risk of the symptoms mentioned above.
Thankfully, good at-home care and routine dental cleanings can help prevent gum disease in the first place. While it can be treated as well, there are many aids available that work to reduce your risk. This includes unique toothbrushes, oral rinses, and even prescription medication if necessary. Dr. Mick will work with you directly to determine the best treatment for your condition.
When gum disease becomes severe, professional attention is needed to address it properly. To accomplish this, we perform scaling and root planing, a two-part process also referred to as “deep cleaning.” When scaling, Dr. Mick carefully removes plaque and tartar from areas about and beneath the gum line. Root planing involves the process of smoothing the tooth roots so they reattach to the gums. In most cases, deep cleaning needs to be done over multiple appointments to give the gums time to heal.
As part of your gum therapy, we’ll make sure to provide you with dedicated antibiotic therapy as well. Using Arestin, we can place small amounts of the antibiotic directly in the gum pockets that have formed as a result of your infection. Not only does this promote healing of your gum tissue, but it ensures that your gums don’t become reinfected in between your routine and follow-up visits. During your next appointment, we’ll confirm the antibiotics are working as intended.