Gum Disease Therapy

It may be surprising, but gum disease affects more people than heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and cancer combined. About 80% of the population has some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, periodontitis (advanced), and gingivitis (mild).

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth, and as the condition progresses, gums recede from teeth and pockets of bacteria form. The bacteria can destroy gum tissue and bone, causing both tooth and bone loss. Plus, the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body, so gum disease can affect your overall health and contribute to major problems, including stroke, heart disease, respiratory problems, osteoporosis, diabetes complications, low birth weight, and dementia.

Treatment of Gum Disease

There is no cure for gum disease, so prevention is always best through diligent brushing and flossing, as well as regular checkups and general dentistry care. If we find that gum disease has begun to set in, there are a number of treatment options to help restore your oral health. Options range from scaling and root planning, to antibiotic therapy, though more advanced cases may require surgery under the care of a periodontist.

If you have red, tender, or swollen gums or bleeding when you brush your teeth, let us know and we’ll do a thorough evaluation. If it turns out you do have gum disease, expect to attend more frequent hygiene visits so that Dr. Schreiner can monitor your condition and make sure recovery is on track.

Your healthy, beautiful smile is our business! Dr. Mark Schreiner offers quality, affordable preventive family dental care at our Colleyville practice. Our DFW Mid-Cities location is convenient to Hurst, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, and Grapevine. Call us today for your appointment. New patients are always welcome!

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