Testing & Treatment Help Fight Gum Disease in Gillette, WY
Gum disease (periodontal disease) isn’t just bad for your gums and teeth, it’s bad for your whole body. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. In addition, studies have linked it to diabetes, heart disease, premature births, and low birth weight. As if that wasn’t troubling enough, it’s shockingly common. Half of Americans age 30 and older have some form of it.Doctor David Porter on gum disease treatment Read Transcript
Periodontal disease is really called the silent killer. The bacteria that causes the periodontal disease is related to a whole host of other diseases, namely cardiovascular disease, heart disease. It's got a direct bidirectional relationship with diabetes, so this is something that you really want to take seriously if you have it. The first thing that we do in our office is test for the bacteria to determine if you're susceptible or do you have the bacteria that causes this. Typically, the standard of care is to treat the problem after bone loss has already occurred. Well, by being preventative, you can treat the problem before that ever happens. Again, we try to be very proactive in our office to educate people about what's going on.
But, periodontal disease in general is very serious and can lead to other more complicated systemic diseases in the body, so we try to be very proactive in our approach to eliminate it and to treat the cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms of the problem.
At Synergy Dental Center, we focus on early detection and aggressive treatment. We’ll help you:
- Prevent bone and tooth loss to keep your smile intact.
- Reduce your risk of related conditions like diabetes.
- Avoid unattractive and unhealthy receding gums.
- Eliminate unpleasant symptoms like chronic bad breath.
Don’t let periodontal disease wreck your gums – or your health! Call Synergy Dental Center at 307-622-1311.
Fight Periodontal Disease With Early Detection
Periodontal disease is fairly easy to treat in its earliest stage, called gingivitis. Negative effects are limited to gums that are inflamed and possibly painful. But if the bacteria that causes the disease gets in between teeth and gums, it triggers your body’s immune system to aggressively fight the infection. This destroys the bone and connective tissue that keep your teeth in place. Worse, infection can get into your bloodstream and spread.
That’s why early detection is so important. During dental exams, Dr. David Porter swabs your mouth, then looks at bacteria under a high-powered microscope to see if it indicates the presence of periodontal disease. If an outside lab confirms a diagnosis, we’ll give your teeth a deep cleaning to remove infection. We use a laser to keep the treatment quick and comfortable for you.
Stay Healthy With Treatment For Related Conditions
If you have periodontal disease, we’ll do a quick A1C test to determine your average blood glucose level. If it indicates you could have diabetes, we’ll refer you to a doctor that can help you bring it under control. Due to hormonal changes, pregnant women are more susceptible to periodontal disease. Dr. Porter will not only treat your problem but counsel you on dietary changes that will help prevent adverse effects on your baby.
Minimize the impact of gum disease with our oral bacteria testing and aggressive treatment. Call 307-622-1311 to schedule your next dental exam, including testing for gum disease. In the meantime, take our assessments for gum disease and for diabetes.