Periodontal Disease Treatments offered by Dr. Kathy Frazar DDS
Many people know how serious gum disease is. Not only does it cause painful, permanent tooth loss when left untreated, but dental research links it to heart disease, stroke, and other severe health problems. Dr. Frazar has a periodontist, Dr. Walker, on staff. Dr. Walker can perform gum disease treatment by repairing damage to gums and teeth, and helping you maintain your dental health.
If you have bleeding gums and think you may need gum disease treatment, we offer the following in-office periodontal therapy and gingivitis treatment.
What is Periodontal / Gum Disease?
It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications. Don’t think it’s your problem? Conservative estimates report that up to 80% of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form.
Shocking Gum Disease Statistics and Facts
Seventy percent of adult tooth loss is attributed to gum disease.
Recent research shows a link between patients who have gum disease and those who suffer from strokes, heart attacks, or complications with diabetes or pregnancy.
Gum disease is silent in that early symptoms may be painless and mild, like swollen gums, or bleeding while brushing.
Regular dental checkups are vital because a professional can detect, treat, and reverse gum disease in early stages before major problems arise.
Cause and Effect of Gum Disease
Several factors contribute to periodontal disease:
By far, the most common and controllable factor is bacterial plaque, the sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria. Bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers that bond gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, and more bacteria and toxins hide, flourish, and destroy your gums and teeth. Over time, this process can affect not only gums, teeth, and bone within the mouth, but also overall health. Bacteria in your mouth will be inadvertently ingested, and this can compromise your whole-body health.
Maintaining Good Periodontal Health
Regular dental checkups at least every six months allow us to keep a watchful eye on the health of your gums.
You should also brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use good mouth rinses at home.
We will recommend the products that will optimize your oral homecare, and we can also show you the best methods for brushing and flossing.
If you have overcome periodontal disease, we will recommend frequent checkups to ensure your mouth stays healthy for a lifetime.
If you are having any signs of gum disease, it is important that you visit a dentist immediately. Feel free to schedule a consultation with our Houston dentists today by calling 713-668-7137. Our on-staff periodontist, Dr. Hanna, is trained and skilled to ensure that you get professional gum disease treatment and that your gums remain healthy for a lifetime.