Periodontal Treatment for Columbus, OH
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.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the gums and jawbones, and it's caused by an accumulation of bacterial plaque along the gumline. Over time, as plaque builds up on your teeth and the soft tissues of your gums, an infection can develop, eventually resulting in red or inflamed gums, bleeding when you brush, frequent bad breath, and even tissue loss.
Over time, pockets can develop between the teeth and gums. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream through these pockets, increasing your vulnerability to the problems listed above.
All of this explains why routine cleanings and a good homecare routine are so essential. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and prevented. Today there are numerous aids available to help us, which include special toothbrushes, toothpastes, rinses and even prescription medications to help fight gum disease. Dr. Mick can decide the appropriate treatment method for you after assessing your condition.