Our dentists at Bayside Dental in Rowlett, TX are eager to provide our patients in the community with the highest quality of care possible. We offer a wide range of services to give you treatments to help your teeth and overall health including gum disease (periodontal) treatment. What is involved in this treatment and how can our dentists help to improve your smile?
The term “Oral-Systemic Connection” has quickly become a widely-used and understood term. What does it mean? How does it affect our treatment?
Periodontal (gum) diseases are caused by specific types of bacteria. If you’re infected, the inflammation slowly destroys gums and supporting bone. Gum infections can also affect your entire body, significantly increasing the risk of heart disease, strokes (300% greater risk), diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and oral cancer! Even Pre-term births can be increased by over 700%. 30% of children are already infected, and 90% of adults. 37% of adults have severe forms of the disease, but, because it’s usually painless, most people aren’t even aware they have it. Also, periodontal diseases are contagious. If you’re infected, there’s a high chance that those close to you may also be infected.
Given this, we are passionate about our patients’ gum health. Until recently, there simply weren’t any tests capable of detecting early periodontal (gum) infections. X-rays could detect bone loss and periodontal probing could measure tissue loss, but only AFTER the destruction had already occurred.