Periodontics is an area of dentistry focused on the health of your gum tissue. At Premium Family Dental, residents of Alexandria, Virginia, and the surrounding region have access to Vu Nguyen, DDS, and Keehong Kwon, DDS, dental professionals with extensive training in periodontics. Learn more about your gum health during your next exam, which can be booked online or over the phone today.
If you’re like most, you probably spend very little time thinking about your gum tissue. But gum disease is among the most common types of chronic disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 have periodontitis, an advanced type of gum disease.
Your gums are a special type of soft tissue that surround your teeth, forming a seal that not only helps hold teeth in place but also prevents bacteria from entering your body. When your gums are unhealthy, bacterial infection can occur.
A growing body of evidence supports the link between gum disease and a wide range of serious health issues. Advanced gum disease is linked to heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and more.
The primary sign of gum disease is inflammation. Swollen gums cause distinct symptoms, including:
If you notice these changes, be sure to book an appointment at Premium Family Dental right away. Most gum disease can be improved with treatment.
The first step in treating gum disease is a thorough dental exam and cleaning. This allows your practitioner to gain a better understanding of the degree of damage to your gums and underlying hard tissues.
A deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planing, is often required. Advanced gum disease causes areas of gum tissue to pull away from your teeth, leaving small pockets where bacteria can thrive. Deep cleaning removes plaque and bacteria from below your gum line, and goes beyond what simple brushing and flossing can accomplish.
Antibiotic medication can also help control gum disease, especially in cases of significant inflammation. Enzyme supplements can help by blocking enzymes known to break down gum tissue. In rare cases, surgery is the only way to fully restore gum health.
If you’re concerned about your gum health, call the office today to set up a dental exam. Online booking is also available and takes just moments to complete.