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Periodontal Therapy from Jeffersonville Family Dental

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a very serious and common condition. According to the CDC, half of all Americans over 30 have an advanced form. This advanced form comes with a range of symptoms that includes sensitive or bleeding gums, frequent bad breath, gum recession, loose teeth, and even lost teeth. Periodontal disease has also been linked with health problems elsewhere in the body, including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s diabetes, and pre-term delivery in pregnant women. All of which makes periodontal therapy an essential service.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by the buildup of bacteria and plaque along the gumline. Over time, this combination will aggravate the gum’s soft tissues and lead to an infection. Beyond this, the toxins in bacteria can break down the gum’s natural fibers, resulting in the formation of pockets between the teeth and gums. Bacteria can then use these pockets to enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body.

Better Oral Health with Deep Cleaning

Advanced gum disease can be treated with a process called deep cleaning. The goal of deep cleaning is to remove bacteria and plaque from below the gumline. This may involve two services known as scaling and root planing, or it may be completed with a special soft tissue laser. An antibiotic may also be used to eliminate infection.

The Importance of Prevention

To prevent gum disease from becoming a serious issue in your life, we recommend visiting Jeffersonville Family Dental at least twice a year for routine exams and cleanings. These visits will give us a chance to remove bacteria and plaque before they can cause gum disease.

Do you need help managing the symptoms of gum disease? Call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. James E.T. Smith. We’re proud to offer periodontal therapy to patients from Jeffersonville, Clarksville, Sellersburg, Charlestown, New Albany, Floyds Knobs, and beyond.