Healthy Gums = Healthy Smiles

Healthy Gums = Healthy Smiles

 

Do you find that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Feel like some of your teeth are loose? You may be suffering from periodontal disease (commonly known as “gum” disease). According to research, periodontal diseases affect up to 80% of those over the age of 35 and is the leading cause of missing teeth in the United States.

Periodontal diseases, unfortunately, are not frequently diagnosed in early stages (gingivitis) when it could actually be cured, resulting in a lifelong dental condition. At Jeffrey Lewis, DDS in Houston, TX we are proud to offer various periodontal maintenance treatments that can help manage and control your gum disease, ensuring it doesn’t advance any further. Wondering if our Houston gum disease treatment could help? Give us a call; we’d be happy to schedule an appointment.

Links Between Oral & Overall Health

Along with the impact gum disease can have on your oral health, research has also begun to show that periodontal diseases may actually affect the rest of the body as well. Bacteria in the mouth is thought to increase the risk of cardiovascular complications, has been linked to low birthweight and preterm birth in pregnant women and can even make diabetes less manageable.

Preventing Periodontal Diseases

Wondering how you can prevent gum disease? With proper dental care! This should start at home with proper brushing, flossing, scraping and rinsing. We recommend brushing a minimum of twice a day, scraping your tongue twice a day, flossing once a day and of course rinsing your mouth after. This can help remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to gingivitis and ultimately gum disease. It is also important to visit your Houston dentist for routine professional care.

Gum Disease Treatments in Houston

Have you been diagnosed with gum disease? Our Houston periodontist provides gum disease treatments for patients interested in managing their periodontal disease. These treatments include:

  • Antibiotic Therapy – Periodontal diseases are often the result of bacteria and infection in the mouth, antibiotics can help reduce the number of bacteria present in the mouth, making gum disease more manageable.
  • Scaling & Root Planing – Scaling and root planing can be effective for removing plaque, tartar and bacteria from the mouth along with smoothing the teeth so the gums can reattach properly and heal.
  • Routine Professional Cleanings – If you already have advanced gum disease, more frequent dental examinations and cleanings may be necessary to ensure bacteria overgrowth and infection doesn’t occur.

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