Oral bacteria use your mouth as a jumping-off point to attack the rest of your body. They spread to your heart, where they can cause infection or contribute to artery-clogging plaque. This plaque hurts your heart and can lead to stroke.
The chronic infection also causes your immune system to be working constantly, causing chronic systemic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to dementia, autoimmune disorders and cancer.
In addition, some oral bacteria have the ability to hide cancer from your immune system, which may contribute to elevated cancer risk.
Treating gum disease is a great plan for helping protect your overall health, not just your teeth.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Oral hygiene is one of the best methods for combating gingivitis. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day will remove food debris clinging to your teeth which cause plaque. Regular dental cleanings every 6 months will also remove disease-causing bacteria.
For more advanced periodontal disease care, treatment may include:
- Scaling, to gently remove hard plaque
- Root planing, to reduce rough areas in tooth roots that plaque may cling to
- ARESTIN® antibiotic treatment, to combat infection in pockets below your gums
- LANAP® laser treatment, to remove bacteria and promote gum reattachment without stitches for a speedy recovery
We also offer 6:00 A.M. appointments for your convenience.
Severe cases where the jawbone is affected may require the attention of a periodontist. We will be happy to refer you to one of our trusted colleagues in order to continue your care and protect your health.
Don’t give gingivitis time to progress and cause you pain. Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins and their skilled team of hygienists will work with you to prevent or treat gum disease in order to protect your overall health. Please call us at (509) 532-1111 (Spokane) or email Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics today to schedule gum disease treatment or a dental cleaning.