Periodontal Treatment in Houston
If you suffer from periodontal (gum) disease, you are not alone.
According to the CDC, about half of all Americans have gum disease, which can complicate more than just your oral health. The number one cause of periodontal disease is a lack of proper oral care, including professional dental cleanings. Even if you brush and floss, it is impossible to remove all of the calculus and bacteria that builds up over time.
At Bear Creek Dentistry, our entire team understands that patients stay away from the dentist for a number of reasons. When you come to our office, we will never make you feel guilty or wrong about your conditions; we will simply focus on working together to improve your overall health and wellness.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
In its early stages, periodontal disease may display subtle symptoms such as red, swollen gums. At this stage, called gingivitis, periodontal disease may even be reversible with the proper treatment. As your condition progresses, you may experience some or all the following symptoms:
- Bleeding gums
- Pain when brushing, flossing, or eating
- Bad breath
- Tooth mobility
- Gum recession
- Pus near your gum line
- A bad taste in your mouth
When left untreated, your condition can progress and you may lose teeth, but the risk does not stop at your dental health. Research has shown that periodontal disease can lead to serious systemic health conditions.
Risks of Periodontal Disease
The latest research shows a link between periodontal disease and systemic health conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory illnesses
- Certain types of cancer
- Low birth-weight babies
- Alzheimer’s disease
While more research is necessary to determine the nature of the exact link between gum disease and these illnesses, it is clear that having gum disease affects the health of your entire body. That is why our professional dental team creates customized treatment plans for our patients to support their oral health.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
When you come to our Houston, TX dental office for an evaluation, we will examine the health of your teeth and gums. If one of our dentists determines you suffer from gum disease, we will recommend a treatment regimen to help you get back on track.
We offer specialized dental cleanings to eliminate the infection in your gums. Our hygienist is extremely gentle and will remove the calculus and bacteria from above and below your gum line. Your treatment may require follow-up visits to ensure you heal properly and the infection does not return. We make each patient visit a comfortable and positive experience.
Our hygienist may also recommend certain products or oral rinses to help restore your health. Once your gums heal, we will recommend a professional cleaning schedule to keep you infection free.
Call Our Office to Schedule an Evaluation
Give us a call to schedule a professional dental cleaning and exam to take the first step toward improved health and wellness. Our friendly dental team looks forward to welcoming you to our Houston dental office and helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.