Gum Therapy

Caring for your oral health includes regular teeth care and gum care. Neglecting your gums can eventually lead to periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, which is a culprit for the deterioration of your overall oral health. Periodontal disease affects 75% of adults over 35 years of age and is responsible for approximately 70% of all adult tooth loss. Since symptoms of periodontal disease oftentimes are unnoticeable, people never realize their mouth is under bacterial attack.

Highly recognized as a greatly progressive disorder, periodontal disease is triggered by preventable factors like plaque build-up, tobacco use, certain medications and stress. Unpreventable measures like systematic disease and fluctuating hormone levels during puberty, pregnancy or menopause may also lead to periodontal disease. Research proves up to 30% of the population may be genetically susceptible to gum disease.

How Does this Happen?

Periodontal disease begins when plaque–a sticky substance that forms in the mouth from food, saliva and bacteria– gets inside the space between the gum line and the tooth. If incorrect or no flossing takes place, plaque will release toxins that break down the natural fibers which hold your gums to your teeth. This permits even more bacteria and toxins to invade. Plaque deposits quickly harden into calculus or tartar, which is a rough, porous substance that is impossible to remove with brushing. Over time, this progression can lead to severe inflammation, bone loss, gum recession and tooth loss.

If you notice your gums bleed consistently after brushing, you have tender or receding gums, or you notice pus between your gum and tooth, you may be at risk for periodontal disease.

How Do I Fix This?

Gum disease is treated by carefully removing the bacteria and substances that form in the pockets around the teeth. The removal of this material occurs on a microscopic level and requires great skill. Dr. Thomas will be sure that all of the bacteria is removed from your gums in order for you to lead a healthier lifestyle. This process of removing the bacteria, plaque and tartar usually requires several visits to our office. Once the bacteria has been removed, the pockets must be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis by Dr. Thomas. Otherwise, the bacteria will return.

Please call today to schedule an appointment if you feel you are at risk for periodontal disease.