Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease has been shown to possibly contribute to such problems as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Think about it. Plaque contributes to gum disease, and it’s a buildup of plaque in the arteries that leads to heart disease and heart attack. Each part of the body influences the health of other areas of the body. If you’re suffering from gum disease, we’ll plan out periodontal therapy to treat the problem and foster an environment where healthy gums can flourish.
What are the signs that you might need periodontal therapy? Here are some of the symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding when you brush or floss
- Redness or tenderness of the gums
- Shifting or loosening of the teeth
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Pus between teeth
Regular Dental Checkups & Hygiene Visits
Problems like pus between teeth usually won’t show up until gum disease has advanced to a very serious level, and in the beginning, you may see no symptoms at all. If you’re seeing Dr. Langston regularly for dental checkups and hygiene visits, we’ll keep you informed of your overall gum health and any issues that might arise. Should we find that you’re suffering from gum disease, we’ll want to make sure you receive thorough periodontal therapy as quickly as possible. The sooner we can treat your problem, the less damage will occur to your gums, jawbones, and other parts of your body.
Because gum disease is a bacterial infection, an effective way to treat it involves antibiotics. Rather than giving a patient an oral antibiotic that needs to travel throughout the bloodstream to work, we can apply a topical solution directly to the gums. There, it will continually expose the gums to medicine for several days, eliminating bacteria while also reducing the size of the small pockets between the teeth and gums where gum disease tends to propagate.