As you drove away from your dentist appointment, you couldn’t stop thinking about it. You brush and floss regularly and yet you have gum disease? Isn’t that for people that don’t take care of their teeth? Well actually, the answer to the last question is “no.” Periodontal disease can be caused by many factors—both ones that you can control and some that you can’t.
Your mouth is full of naturally occurring bacteria. When mixed with mucus and other particles, a sticky and odorless substance continually forms on your teeth known as plaque. Left undisturbed, plaque will harden into tartar. When this happens, regular brushing won’t be able to remove it. This bacteria “cocktail” will not only change the appearance of your teeth, but also cause periodontal disease. That’s why regular professional cleanings are so important.
We aren’t saying it’s your parents’ fault, but gum disease can be hereditary. This means that no matter you do to prevent it, you could still end up with a problem. Some mouths are just more prone to it than others. Hormonal changes in women such as pregnancy and menopause can also lead to gum disease. As an added measure it is important to not brush too hard and eliminate tobacco products if you use them.
Fortunately, a diagnosis of periodontal disease is not the end of the story. Anthem Periodontics has many solutions for your gum problems:
- LANAP: Also known as Laser Gum Therapy, this minimally invasive procedure incorporates a laser filament to remove damage gum tissue while it destroys surface bacteria and sterilizes the periodontal pocket. New tissue will reattach to the fibrous clot formed in the treatment area.
- Connective Tissue Grafting: Unlike LANAP, connective tissue grafting is a full surgical procedure. The tissue to be transplanted is removed from the roof of your mouth and attached with sutures to the effected area of your gums.
- The Chao Pinhole TechniqueTM: This revolutionary procedure uses an instrument the size of a pin and can be performed during your lunch break with no recovery time.
Now that you know how you got periodontal disease, your next step is to get rid of it. Schedule an appointment with us today before serious tooth and bone loss occur. We are here to help!