Do your gums bleed sometimes or every time you brush? Are they puffy or swollen? Do you have bad breath? I bet that if you had bleeding or swelling in your fingers, you would see the doctor right away. Why is your mouth any different?
Gum disease usually doesn’t hurt, but left untreated, it is a silent killer of teeth! Did you know that 80% of the adult population has some form of gum disease?
Gum disease is a common infection that affects the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. Although the disease is preventable, millions of Americans currently suffer the negative side effects, including sore gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, and tooth loss.
Gum disease is a chronic infection that causes gum and bone recession and eventually tooth loss. Recent studies have shown that it can also contribute to systemic illnesses. Research shows that bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the gums and increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Other conditions that have been linked to gum disease include osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and dementia. Pregnant women with gum disease are also seven times more likely to have premature or low birth-weight babies. As your partner for overall wellness, we’ll help you fight gum disease with effective solutions that battle the infection and prevent larger health concerns.
What can you do to prevent gum disease? Of course, good home care is always important, but if you are suffering from any of the signs of gum disease, timely care is needed. Treatments can include deep cleanings, antibiotics, and even surgical procedures. If you suffer from gum disease, more frequent cleanings every year can help stop the spread of the disease.
In the past, the only option for patients with advanced-stage gum disease involved periodontal surgery. While this is still an effective procedure, we can often provide non-surgical care with Laser Periodontal Therapy™. Lasers have revolutionized the way we treat gum disease, because they’re more precise, more efficient, and result in more comfortable therapy for our patients. Laser treatment does not require sutures (stitches), and most patients don’t need anesthesia (which means no needles!). In addition to scaling and root planing (SRP), Laser Periodontal Therapy™ has proven highly effective at reducing the infection and promoting rapid healing. Dr. Braga offers this treatment right here at our practice.
The most common treatment out there today for gum disease is scaling and root planing, a service that works to remove plaque and its calcified form (tartar) from all areas of tooth enamel. Whether you’re in the early or late stages of periodontitis, scaling and root planing allows the gum tissue to actually begin the healing process. If you’re dealing with sore or tender gums that appear red or dark purple in color, don’t hesitate to get treatment from our office today!
Dr. Charles Braga, DMD, MMSc regularly visits our office to provide advanced gum-related care for our patients. Dr. Shetty and Dr. Braga work together in one office, so you can have treatment with the people you already know.
As a periodontal (gum) specialist, Dr. Braga also performs other treatments, including gum grafts, gum lifts, crown lengthenings, gingivectomies, and dental implant placement for patients in the greater Nashua area.
Call our Merrimack dental office today to reserve an appointment for yourself or a member of your family. Patients in the Merrimack, Nashua, Bedford, Hollis, Hudson, and Amherst areas rely on Dental Designs of New England for comprehensive dental care and a lifetime of healthy smiles.