Gum disease is a serious problem that faces many individuals, and dentists find that most patients are not even aware that they have the disease until it is much too late. Gum disease is the number one cause for adult tooth loss; in fact, over 75 million Americans over the age of 35 suffer from gum disease. One of the important things to know about gum disease now is that there is a significant link between gum disease and medical issues, such as an increased risk for heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight, and other medical conditions. When patients don’t seek treatment for gum disease, they are risking not only their teeth and gums, but their entire health and well-being.
There are typically two factors involved in gum disease. One is the inflammatory process caused by the irritation from the plaque and tartar building up on the roots. Second is the bacterial infection that affects the gum tissue. Together, these can result in the gums and bones shrinking and receding away from the teeth, resulting in loose teeth.
There is a new way to test the bacteria in our mouths to find out specifically which bacteria is infecting the gums. This allows us to be much more specific in our treatment. Through the use of a simple swish of saline solution, we can pick up bacteria and test for the bacterial DNA to determine specifically which bacteria are causing the infection. This, in turn, allows us to be more specific and get better results during treatment. By using this method of treatment, we can oftentimes avoid surgery.
For patients who have more severe gum disease, Hunt Valley Dental has state-of-the art technology to address it. By using what is called a soft tissue laser, Dr. Rhodes can help heal the gums in a less invasive way that is virtually painless for the patient.
If you have been putting off gum surgery because you have heard horror story after horror story about gum surgery – the cutting, stitches, pain and swelling – this new state-of-the-art, FDA approved procedure may be a wonderful alternative for you. There is no cutting, stitches, swelling or bleeding and it is fast and convenient.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, or think that you may have it, call Dr. Rhodes today to schedule an examination and take charge of your oral health.