Many people think that brushing and flossing is all they need to do to keep a picture perfect smile. That’s a good start, of course, but most of us are not as thorough as we think we are – and the result could be gum disease.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition which, left untreated, can cause serious problems. In advanced stages, periodontal disease leads to bone loss as well as tooth loss. Research has shown oral infections such as periodontal disease increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, pre-term births and respiratory disease. How do you know if you have gum disease? Some warning signs include gums that are red, swollen, tender or bleeding, persistent bad breath, receding gums and loose or separating teeth. The good news is that there are treatments available for every level and stage of periodontal disease.
How can you prevent gum disease? Start by limiting the use of tobacco products and eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and use an antiseptic oral rinse such as Listerine®. Be aware that certain medications can cause dry mouth, which will exacerbate gum issues. And due to its inflammatory nature, diabetes can increase the occurrence of periodontal disease.
Periodontal Associates, with offices in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, are leaders in the prevention and treatment of gum-related conditions and also of dental implants.
Your family dentist will likely be the first to notice that you have periodontal issues and may refer you to a specialist. Ask for a referral to Periodontal Associates, where three specialists provide services including bone grafts and regeneration, scaling and root planning, tissue grafting, crown lengthening and dental implants. Dr. Christopher Caputo, Dr. Edward Murphy and Dr. Daulton Keith are supported by a caring and professional staff, many of which have been with them for more than 20 years, so you will always see a familiar face during your visit.
The doctors at Periodontal Associates are board-certified and are members of the American Academy of Periodontology. Board certification requires doctors to take their specialized education a step further by showing that they have gone above and beyond the basic educational requirements of their specialty. Re-certification is required every six years.
While most people do not wish to spend time in the dentist’s chair, Periodontal Associates is committed to reducing anxiety through various forms of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation and intravenous sedation.
Talk with your dentist or visit Periodontal Associates to learn more about gum disease, its prevention and procedures that can be used to solve this problem. This is the best way to keep smiling.
For more information visit www.charlestondentalimplants.com or call (843) 571-0853. Periodontal Associates are locates at 115 Elizabeth St.