Treat Gum Disease Before It Affects Your Health

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal or gum disease. The majority (70.1%) of adults over the age of 65 have gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk in heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. Gum disease is progressive meaning that it gets worse over time without treatment. In its early stages, gum disease can be treated and even reversed. Treatment of gum disease lowers your risk of diseases affecting your overall health.

Gum disease and your body

Gum disease is inflammation and infection of your gums caused by bacteria. Poor oral hygiene usually leads to an increase of bacteria. Routine brushing, flossing, and cleanings with your dentist can prevent gum disease. Gingivitis is the early form of gum disease. If left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease. Periodontitis severely weakens your gums and puts you at risk of tooth loss. The inflammation and infection can move to the rest of your body through the bloodstream.

Laser gum disease treatment

In early stages, a cleaning and good oral hygiene may be enough to treat gingivitis. Bacteria and plaque hiding under the gums needs to be removed to stop the inflammation and infection. In severe gum disease, infected gum tissue may need to be removed. Traditionally this tissue would have been removed surgically with a scalpel. LANAP®, or laser-assisted new attachment procedure, is a faster and less invasive way to treat gum disease. Laser treatment allows for the infection to be removed and the gums to heal and regrow. Laser technology is much more precise; less healthy gum tissue is disturbed.

Treat gum disease early

Learn more about laser gum disease treatment from Lone Star Dental Care. Schedule a consultation at our local Frisco, TX office today at 972-335-7100.

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Basics of Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction in Plano is something that you likely put off until it’s absolutely necessary. The majority of patients need to get their wisdom teeth removed because they overcrowd the teeth, potentially impacting the other teeth in your mouth.

How Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health

They say your eyes are a window to your soul, but did you know that your oral health is a window to your overall health? Cutting your oral health routine short will likely have a domino effect on your overall health.

Child’s Oral Health Care

I believe that all, pediatric dentists are super heroes but, unfortunately, we were not given the power of X-ray vision! Parents will often ask why we recommend their child, with a healthy and beautiful smile, have X-rays taken of their teeth...

Wisdom Teeth Survival Guide

The phrase “wisdom teeth” does not have the best reputation, as most associate them with having surgery, not actual wisdom. Though some are able to go without ever having them removed, many must get one to four removed.