July 17, 2009
Gum (periodontal) disease is a sneaky bacterial infection that often goes unnoticed in the early stages. But left untreated, it can progress to wreck your oral and overall health. The bacteria that originate in the mouth can spread throughout your body and contribute to serious health issues, including heart attack, stroke, pregnancy and diabetes complications, Alzheimer’s Disease, osteoporosis, and more.
At our Richardson dental office, family and general dentist Dr. Mays offers proven gum disease treatments to renew periodontal health. Estimates show that up to 80% of Americans unknowingly have some form of gum disease. That’s a staggering statistic, and one that Dr. Mays takes seriously. At your six-month checkup and cleaning, we’ll thoroughly examine your gums and suggest periodontal therapies to prevent or treat this common condition.
As a progressive dentist focused on whole-mouth and whole-body health, Dr. Mays will help you achieve a strong smile and lasting wellness. Our comprehensive gum disease therapies include:
- Tips on proper brushing and flossing techniques to keep gums strong and healthy at home
- Scaling and root planing to remove hardened food particles below the gum line and prevent bacteria from invading healthy tissue
- Topical antiobiotic therapy to eliminate infection and revitalize periodontal health
- Referral to a periodontist (a specialist in diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum disease) for surgical care, if necessary
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease, and they’re twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. The scientific community is finally beginning to realize what dentists have known all along, the health of your mouth is an indicator of the overall health of your body. For more information on the connection between heart disease and periodontal disease, click here.
Your good health is an invaluable asset, and Dr. Mays and our experienced team are your allies in the fight against gum disease. Call our leading-edge North Dallas practice today to schedule an appointment and learn how modern periodontal therapy can save your smile and improve your life.
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