Prevent the Severe Side Effects of Advanced Gum Disease with a Scaling and Root Planing Treatment
Scaling and root planing eliminate plaque and bacteria buildup from hard-to-reach areas below the gum line that routine at-home dental care cannot address. Dr. Jon Marc Van Slate uses this technique at our Houston, TX, dental practice as part of a deep cleaning to treat gum disease when it is in the earliest and most manageable stages. When caught early, the side effects of gum disease are often reversible. However, when left untreated, the disease is chronic and can lead to serious oral and physical health conditions, such as tooth loss and diabetes.
However, when left untreated, the disease is chronic and can lead to serious oral and physical health conditions, such as tooth loss and diabetes.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation along your gum line and between teeth that can damage the soft and hard tissues of the mouth. Also called periodontal disease, this condition is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, but has also been linked to:
- Using tobacco products
- Poor nutrition
- Pregnancy or menopause
- Use of certain medications
- Having a family history of gum disease
Although this condition has been known to cause tooth loss and jawbone deterioration, it can also have a negative impact on your overall health. When gum disease reaches the most advanced stages, it can increase your risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. However, gum disease is preventable with a routine dental cleaning and examination every six months.
Signs and Symptoms
Because the early stages of gum disease are often unnoticeable, it is important to visit the dentist for routine dental cleanings and x-rays. Signs of gum disease can include:
- Red and inflamed gums
- Tooth sensitivity and pain
- Increased tooth decay
- Bleeding and tender gums after brushing and flossing
- Gum recession
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Chronic bad breath