Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that begins simply, yet over time, it destroys your smile as well as your overall health. Gum disease treatment is an ideal example of the importance of integrative dentistry. Did you know, for example, that the presence of periodontal disease can raise blood sugar levels in diabetics and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke? The mouth is the gateway to the body. Dr. Gerry Curatola, founder of Rejuvenation Dentistry®, is on the cutting edge of wellness through oral care. Schedule a consultation or to learn more about gum disease and treatment options.
The initial stage of gum disease begins when the plaque and bacteria that build up on your teeth irritate the gum tissue. Gums become inflamed and bleed when brushed or flossed.
If left untreated, gingivitis will quickly turn into periodontitis. At this stage, the bacteria destroy the tissue and bone that support your teeth. Your periodontal pockets widen and pull away from the teeth, creating receding gum lines and tooth sensitivity.
The final stage of gum disease continues indefinitely as the bacteria continue to spread. Previous symptoms worsen until the connective tissue and bone are so damaged that your teeth begin to loosen and shift.
With modern advancements in dentistry, there is no reason to put off gum disease treatment. Nonsurgical methods, such as antibiotic therapy or scaling and root planing, can put you back on the path to oral health. For moderate to severe cases, Dr. Curatola utilizes the WaterLase® Dental Laser to quickly and comfortably remove bacteria and infected tissue, leaving your mouth healthier and cleaner after a single treatment.
Prevention is easier than you think. Just a simple home care regimen of brushing twice per day and flossing once a day coupled with regular cleanings and checkups can protect you from gum disease.