Gum disease treatment helps patients in Houston, TX stay healthier
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and it has far-reaching medical implications. At Houston Biological Dentist in Houston, TX, Dr. Marilyn Jones takes special interest in treatment that helps patients regain and maintain gum health, for oral wellness that benefits the whole body.
The seriousness of gum disease
In the early stage, gingivitis, there is usually little discomfort – some bleeding when you brush, puffy or discolored gums, and bad breath or unusual taste. These are signs that your body is losing a battle with harmful oral bacteria. They develop a sticky film of plaque that traps food debris, feasting on sugars and starches. Their acid excretions irritate gum tissue. Without proper brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into tartar at the gum line, causing further inflammation. Gums pull away from the teeth. These periodontal pockets allow deeper bacterial invasion. At this stage (periodontitis), connective tissue and bone are compromised. Without support, teeth become loose and fall out, or extraction is necessary.
The harm of gum disease goes far beyond losing teeth. Bacteria enter the bloodstream, triggering systemic inflammation linked to:
- Cardiovascular disease and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Respiratory infections.
- Pregnancy complications.
- Certain cancers.
- Kidney disease.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
Individualized gum disease treatment in Houston, TX
It is never too late to seek treatment for gum disease. Dr. Jones develops customized protocols to knock down bacterial counts, fight infection, and reduce inflammation. As a healthy seal of gums to teeth is re-established, regular home and professional maintenance keeps the disease under control.
Hygiene appointments are a cornerstone of periodontal care. Frequency depends on the condition of your mouth. Ultrasonic scaling is more comfortable and efficient for deep cleaning. With laser techniques, removal of diseased tissue is virtually painless. Laser and ozone therapy provide superior sanitization of periodontal pockets.
Diligent home care is essential, and medicated gels and mouth rinses may be prescribed. If teeth have been lost, Dr. Jones also talks with you about options to restore your smile, including dentures, bridges, and implants.