The periodontal tissue is also referred to as gingiva, soft tissue, or more commonly, gums. Conditions that affect the periodontal tissue can lead to health issues beyond the oral crevice. Patients who suffer from advanced gum disease are at an increased risk for stroke, diabetes, heart disease and a host of other complications. The excessive bacteria that results from an untreated periodontal disease can spread to internal areas in the body, robbing you of your good health.
Since gum disease often progresses without any noticeable symptoms, it can cause severe damage that isn’t visible until it is too late. This is why preventative periodontal care is particularly useful in protecting your overall health.
A mild case of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. Patients who struggle with this early form of gum disease typically find relief with more frequent professional cleanings. These thorough dental cleanings remove more of the disease-causing plaque and tartar. Effective treatment of gingivitis also requires proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis.
Scaling and Root Planing
In more advanced cases of gum disease, called periodontitis, scaling and root planing is a standard treatment method. The scaling and root planing procedure involves the removal of tartar and plaque from the deep pockets between the teeth, gums, and surfaces of the tooth roots. If this condition goes untreated loss of bone, soft tissue or teeth can result.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Advanced cases of gum disease can lead to an increased risk of oral cancer. That is why our dental clinic offers oral cancer screenings as part of our advanced periodontal services. It is crucial to diagnose oral cancer early to increase the chances of a full recovery. All too often oral cancer gets discovered and treated when it has already reached an advanced stage. It is more difficult to restore health at this point.
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