Periodontal Disease is a chronic infection of the gums and or bone that support the teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss. It typically has few or no self-recognizable symptoms. Four out of five adults have some form of Periodontal Disease and do not know it! Recent research shows that untreated Periodontal Disease significantly contributes to many systemic diseases, especially heart disease and strokes.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to effectively brush and floss daily as well as to get regular professional examinations by the doctors at La Grange Dental Associates and preventive care with our Registered Dental Hygienists. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progression and avoid tooth loss.
Many factors contribute to Periodontitis. Some of these may include smoking, stress, clenching and grinding teeth, medication, poor nutrition, diabetes and other systemic diseases.
Periodontal Therapy is a careful non-surgical procedure that removes plaque and calculus [tartar] above and below the gumline. Most importantly it kills the germs associated with this disease. Periodontal Therapy is often followed by adjunctive therapy such as the local delivery of medicines or antimicrobials.
The gums and bone are the foundation for your teeth. Keeping them healthy is essential to oral and systemic health. We at La Grange Dental Associates can help you to accomplish this.