According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is caused by untreated plaque buildup on your teeth and gums. While early gum disease is reversible, the same can’t be said once it progresses into periodontitis.
Periodontal disease symptoms include:
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
People with periodontal disease often have deep gum pockets around their teeth. Over time, these pockets get filled with plaque and will need to be cleaned by our dentist. During scaling and root planing, our dentist removes plaque and tartar from both above and below the gum line. He’ll then smooth out your tooth roots to help receding gums reattach to teeth.
Benefits Of Gum Disease Treatments
Recent research suggests a link between periodontal disease and other serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even premature birth. Unlike other dentists, we take a holistic approach to dental care by acknowledging the effect oral health has on overall health.
We offer new oral DNA testing to identify the main bacteria that cause periodontal disease. That way, we can directly treat the cause of your gum disease. After scaling and root planing, we also make sure you understand how to care for your smile so you can mitigate the effects of periodontitis from home.
To schedule your appointment with our Holland dentist, call VanSlambrouck Family Dentistry at (616) 394-4700.