PERIODONTAL DISEASE tREATMENT
Serving Maple Ridge and Surrounding Areas
Periodontal disease is one of the most severe forms of gum disease. It is a common dental problem in Canada – it is estimated that 7 out of 10 Canadians experience gum disease sometime in their lives.
It starts as a simple inflammation of the gum. This can develop into a serious health issue, causing severe damage to the soft tissues and the bones that support your teeth. If this disease isn’t cured in time, it could lead to permanent loss of teeth. That is why gum disease treatment is so important.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THIS DISEASE
This disease is caused by the bacteria present in the mouth, which combine with the mucus to form a sticky, colorless substance on the teeth called “plaque”.
The body reacts to the bacteria causing an inflammation of the gums, which affects the bloodstream and damages the blood vessels in the heart and the brain.
What makes this gum disease so dangerous is that it doesn’t just affect your teeth, but creates a number of other complications such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, arthritis and dementia.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE tHIS DISEASE?
Periodontal disease can lead to permanent loss of teeth and worse. Here’s what happens when you don’t treat this condition on time.
The Possibility of Heart Attack – People with this disease are twice as likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, as those who don’t.
High Risk of Dementia – Older adults who have gum disease are at a much higher risk of dementia.
High Risk of Type 2 Diabetes– According to researchers, there is a strong link between gum disease and type 2 diabetes. When you have this gum disease, your blood sugar levels are often out of control – which puts you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Dangerous for pregnant women– Studies have found that pregnant women with periodontal disease lead to poor health outcomes for the mother and baby than those who don’t. Also, according to researchers from Australia, women with gum disease take two months more to conceive than those who don’t have it.
May Develop into Stroke or Rheumatoid Arthritis– A research paper found that“ this gum disease is a major risk factor for Ischemic Stroke.” A recent study found a strong connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
ARE YOU AT RISK OF tHIS DISEASE?
If you are 30 years old or above, then you’re at risk. Men are more likely to have this condition than women. Younger adults can develop gum disease too, but it is much milder than periodontitis and is called as gingivitis.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Do you notice a buildup of plaque along your gum line? Are your gums swollen and/or sensitive? Do you have a persistent toothache? Then it’s time to visit your friendly neighborhood Maple Ridge dentist.
The dentist starts with the diagnosis. They first review your medical history, examine your mouth closely for signs of plaque or tartar buildup, use a dental probe to measure the pocket depth of the groove between the teeth and the gums and take dental x-rays to be sure.
They then use a combination of non-surgical treatments (scaling, root planning and antibiotics) and surgical treatments (flap surgery or pocket reduction surgery, soft tissue grafts, bone grafting, guided tissue regeneration and applying tissue-stimulating proteins).
Westgate Dental Centre is a top-rated Maple Ridge dental clinic where you will get only the highest quality gum disease treatment. We take care of ALL of your dental needs so that you can start smiling again. Click here to book an appointment with us ASAP.