Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is the result of infection and irritation caused by bacteria found in plaque. Some common symptoms include red and swollen gum tissue, that can bleed easily. This can cause the gum tissue to separate from the teeth and form little pockets of decay.
Eventually, this condition results in the deterioration of gum tissue and the jawbone, leading to tooth loss.
Clackamas county dentists Dr. Dick Hikade, Dr. Brooke Hikade and their compassionate staff at Sunnyside Dentistry, a Clackamas dentist, provide scaling and root planning, which is a common treatment for periodontal disease.
This method allows Drs. Hikade and a registered dental hygienist to provide a deeper cleaning between the compromised teeth and gums, which will prevent progression of the disease.
Periodontal disease can lead to a lot of health issues with more severe circumstances. It has been linked to diabetes, and heart disease. Treating inflammation not only helps to manage periodontal disease but in many cases, it also helps with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.
The main cause of gum disease is linked to plaque. Other factors include: lifestyle habits such as smoking, genetics, stress, medications, age, clenching or grinding your teeth, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
We often say that periodontal disease is a silent disease, which means that the symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease is present. But there are warning signs of gum disease which include the following:
• Bleeding gums
• Red, tender or swollen gums
• Gums that are receding away from the teeth,
• Loose teeth
• Bad breath
Once periodontal disease is treated, we recommend brushing twice a day and flossing your teeth. Make sure you have regular checkups and cleanings. Patients who have moderate to severe periodontal disease have been shown to remain stable with up to four cleanings a year.
If you think you may have periodontal disease, it’s important to seek treatment as soon possible. We can help by remove existing bacteria and regenerate supporting structures of gum tissue and bone.
Dr. Dick Hikade, Dr. Brooke Hikade are here to help you. Make an Appointment today.