The Mouth-Body Connection: In addition to your regular 6 month hygiene checkups, we offer more complex periodontal care as well. Some patients have what is known as periodontal disease. This problem is characterized by a presence of disease-causing bacteria in the oral cavity, leading to chronic inflammation of the gum tissue and infection of the bone and tissue surrounding the teeth.
Why is it important to treat this disease?
There are several reasons why treatment for periodontal disease is important.
- Allowed to progress, periodontal disease will eventually result in tooth loss. Halting the progression of the disease will eliminate infection and reduce the likelihood of bone or tooth loss.
- In addition, research studies have shown that there is a strong association between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and pregnancy complications such as pre-term or low birth weight babies.
- Studies have shown that periodontal disease may contribute to formation and narrowing of the coronary arteries.
- There is also evidence that those patients whose bodies react to periodontal bacteria are more likely to develop heart disease.
- Women in general are at increased risk of developing periodontal disease because of hormone fluctuations that occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Research suggests that pregnant women suffering from periodontal disease are more at risk of preeclampsia and delivering underweight, premature babies.
At Carter Sledge Family Dentistry, we can treat your periodontal problems with a special deep cleaning process called Scaling and Root Planing. This process will remove the bacteria and diseased tissues and allow your gums to begin the healing process.