The Importance of Oral Systemic Health Support
C. Roger Macias DDS & Alexis Pelekanos DDS provide periodontal gum therapy to support oral-systemic health. Oral systemic health refers to the relationship between oral health and overall health. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between the health of your mouth and your body’s health overall. This means that poor oral health can lead to and cause a number of different systemic health conditions. At our office, we strive to ensure that our patients’ oral health stays in the best condition in order to prevent harm to the oral cavity and the rest of the body. Dental diseases, such as periodontal disease, can lead to more significant issues throughout the body. Our dental professionals work hard to treat dental diseases, including periodontal disease, to support total health and wellness.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or periodontitis, is a serious oral health condition that is characterized by infected and inflamed gums. The infection damages the soft tissue in the mouth and can lead to the destruction of the bone that supports the teeth. This oral disease is fairly common, but with the right care, it can be prevented. Regular dental checkups and a solid oral hygiene routine can help protect you from developing periodontitis. If present, periodontal disease needs to be treated immediately in order to prevent tooth loss, further damage to your oral cavity, and the development of other systemic health conditions.
Treating Gum Disease: Periodontal Gum Therapy
At our office, we treat periodontal disease with periodontal gum therapy. Periodontal gum therapy is a dental treatment that can involve both surgical and non-surgical treatments, dependent on the status of your gums. Our goal with periodontal gum therapy is to clear out the buildup of bacteria around the teeth in order to help the healing and regrowth of your gums and oral tissues. Depending on the status of your gums, our dentists may recommend scaling and root planning, antibiotics, flap surgery, bone grafting, gum grafting, or a combination of several of these treatments and this may require referring you to our Skilled and Professional Periodontists who we work with. With treatment, our main goal is to help prevent tooth loss due to gum disease.
Prevent Gum Disease the Right Way
Preventing the development of gum disease requires several steps. First, it is vital that you keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine. This will ensure that your teeth and gums are getting cleaned regularly. Second, you should ensure that you visit our dental team for routine checkups so that we can accurately monitor the status of your gums and ensure that they are staying healthy. Additionally, some lifestyle changes may be necessary. If you are a smoker, we advise you to quit and maintain a healthy diet which will support your oral health greatly. If you suffer from gum disease, our team will work with you to provide the proper periodontal gum therapy treatments to support your oral systemic health. If you are concerned about the status of your gums, reach out to us today and make an appointment at our office.