Millburn Periodontal Therapy
Protect Your Gums and Your Overall Health with Periodontal Care at Charm Dental
According to the Academy of Periodontology, gum disease affects approximately 64.7 million adults in America. That is equivalent to about half of men and women over the age of 30, and the percentage increases to more than 70% when you consider individuals over the age of 65. Though it is largely preventable with home hygiene care and regular visits to the dentist, periodontal disease is still the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. At Dental Charm in Millburn, NJ, Dr. Robert Shick and his team place an immense amount of emphasis on the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, allowing our patients to enjoy a lifetime of healthy gums and beautiful smiles.
The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Though preventing tooth loss is certainly a top priority for the team at Dental Charm, there are other vital reasons to address this common condition before it worsens. When left untreated, periodontal disease has been found to contribute to a variety of other health problems, including some that you might not initially associate with oral health. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia
- Heart attack and stroke
- Low birth weight and premature birth
- Complications in the treatment of diabetes
- Osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis
The link between gum disease and these associated medical conditions is still being explored, but the connection is based in the bacteria that thrive beneath the gingival tissue in patients with periodontal infections. The bacteria enter the bloodstream and travel to other tissues in the body, silently causing secondary infections that may not cause noticeable symptoms right away. This is another reason that it is so important to visit Dr. Shick and our experienced team at least once every six months. If periodontal therapy is recommended, treatment may be necessary more frequently.
Do I Have Gum Disease? Symptoms of Periodontal Infection
The most common symptoms of gum disease include inflammation, redness, and bleeding during or after you brush and floss your teeth. You may also notice sensitivity, recession of the gum line, and chronic halitosis, or bad breath. In advanced cases, the tooth may begin to loosen as the connective tissues beneath the gum line deteriorate over time.
It is important to remember that not all cases of gum disease are obvious to an untrained eye. This is why comprehensive oral exams are such a critical aspect of proper periodontal care. Dr. Shick will carefully evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums at your checkup visit, recommending treatment as necessary in order to restore the health and vitality of your gums. Common treatment for gum disease includes scaling and root planing, a process that not only eradicates infection, but promotes an oral environment that is more conducive to healing. As always, our helpful team is here to gently guide you through the course of your periodontal therapy, answering all of your questions as we go so that you can feel confident in your treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you or someone in your family is suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, please do not hesitate to call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shick and our skilled hygiene team. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile with a wide range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry solutions. Our conveniently located dental practice in Millburn, NJ also warmly welcomes families from throughout nearby communities in Springfield, Maplewood, South Orange, Irvington, Summit, and beyond.