Gum disease prevention and treatment in Pflugerville ,TX
Oral health is about more than teeth. In fact, gum disease is one of the most common preventable diseases. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) report that periodontal disease affects about half of adults age 30 and over, and more than 70 percent of those over the age of 65. While you might not even notice the early symptoms, gum disease poses a serious risk to your oral and overall health. That is why we make prevention and treatment a high priority here at Elite Smiles of Pflugerville in TX.
What is gum disease?
That question may sound simple, but the answer is quite complex, as there are many factors involved. The oral environment is actually a sophisticated ecosystem, with millions of microorganisms, some beneficial and some harmful. When the oral ecology is healthy and well balanced, beneficial bacteria flourish and harmful ones are kept in check.
If the oral environment becomes more friendly to harmful bacteria, they begin to proliferate. Your natural immune system recognizes a threat and tries to eliminate it. The human immune system is powerful, but unfortunately it can be inefficient. It not only attacks the problematic bacteria, but also healthy tissues and beneficial microorganisms. Dr. Tucker explains it as the immune response “burning down the entire forest to remove one bad tree.”
Gum disease has been associated with a host of serious medical problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Problematic pregnancies
- Respiratory problems
- Many more
Prevention and treatment
Gum disease prevention is one of the many reasons preventive care is so very important. It begins with a minor gum infection, which your dentist or hygienist can easily recognize. For the mildest form of gum disease (gingivitis), treatment is minimal. Deep cleaning and diligent oral hygiene may be enough. Severe gum disease (periodontitis) can be more challenging, as the gums detach from teeth creating deep pockets that need to be disinfected. Without treatment, gum disease can cause irreversible damage to teeth, gums, bone, and the periodontal ligament, potentially resulting in tooth loss.
Get started todayThe best time to start taking care of your gums is now. If you don’t have gum disease, regular dental visit may help you avoid it. If it has already set in, we can begin treatment before any further damage occurs. Call Elite Smiles of Pflugerville at (512) 273-7790 for an appointment.