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PERIODONTAL (GUM) THERAPY

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Did You Know? - An estimated 75% of Americans have some form of Periodontal Disease*
Periodontal Disease (formerly known as Pyorrhea) is a progressive disease that begins when bacteria penetrate and grow beneath the gums. As the disease spreads, gum tissue and eventually bone become infected and are destroyed. If left untreated, periodontal disease can break down enough bone and gum tissue to cause teeth in the affected area to become loose and eventually fall out. Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults*. (*American Dental Hygienists' Association, 2010)

Common signs of Periodontal Disease are bleeding or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums or "loose" teeth that do not have a history of trauma.

  • In most cases, periodontal disease does not hurt.
  • Stress, smoking and poor nutrition can be contributing factors to gum disease.
  • Recent studies also indicate that there is a link between the bacteria that cause periodontal disease and increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and preterm low birth weight.

Early detection helps minimize treatment and avoid emergencies. As part of your complete dental examination, we will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Combined with diagnostic dental xrays, this process will help reveal any abnormal "pockets" - an indication of areas of gum disease in need of treatment.

If periodontal disease is present, we may perform non-surgical gum therapy in our office. In some cases, we may refer you to a Periodontist (gum specialist) for your care, and work closely with this provider to help you achieve proper oral health.

Prevent this Destructive Disease Ė Contact Us to schedule your Complete Dental Examination and a thorough Periodontal Health Assessment.

 

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 Bryan Family Dentistry  •  Lucian Bryan, DMD  •  Rebecca Bryan, DMD  •  403 East Maple Street, Cumming GA, 30040  •  Phone: 770.887.3223
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