Gum disease is among the most common oral health conditions. Recent medical studies have concluded that anywhere between 50-80% of American adults has some form of the disease, even if only a very mild form. It's also been found that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. What's more, the effects of gum disease can reach beyond the realm of oral health to impact overall health as well. Advanced cases of gum disease are now known to raise the risk of stroke, heart attack, diabetes, pre-term birth, pneumonia, and others.
All of which means that caring for your gums should be a priority for you-it certainly is for us. At All Bright Dental, Dr. Mohtashami is committed to helping you monitor the health of your gums through regular checkups and professional cleanings. But we're just as committed to providing periodontal treatment.
The goal of periodontal treatment is to remove the bacteria and plaque responsible for the disease so that you can enjoy good oral health again. Bacteria is a by-product of the foods we eat-especially foods high in sugar. When this bacteria is cleaned away with regular brushing or with a professional cleaning, it can build up and harden into plaque. Together, bacteria and plaque can irritate the gums, resulting in sensitivity, bleeding, chronic bad breath, and more.
Sometimes, in very mild cases, treating gum disease is as simple of as spending more time brushing at home. Rinsing with an anti-bacterial mouthwash can also help. Mouthwashes like these are designed to target the bacteria and plaque responsible for the condition.
Treatment for advanced cases requires something more, though. The two most common therapies for advanced periodontal treatment are scaling and root planing. These two techniques are an effective way of removing bacteria and plaque from beneath the gum line. Treating the gum line is an important part of providing periodontal treatment, and for two reasons.
First, advanced gum disease causes the gums to pull away from teeth. To prevent further gum recession, the bacteria and plaque beneath the gums needs to be removed.
Second, the pockets that develop between the teeth and gums provide a perfect window for bacteria and plaque to enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body. Targeting bacteria and plaque below the gum line, then, is one way of supporting the patient's overall health and wellbeing.
Together, these services help Dr. Mohtashami provide comprehensive care that will help you improve and support a healthy, beautiful smile.