Gum disease, which you may also hear us refer to as periodontal disease, starts when plaque build-up on the teeth causes the gums to become tender. As the condition progresses, the gums slowly recede. Since the only symptoms are occasional bleeding when brushing and slight tenderness, most patients don’t notice a problem until gum disease is quite advanced.
Oral bacteria can cause tooth loss in addition to a number of other serious
health problems. These includes:
- Heart attack
Preventing Gum Disease
The good news it takes very little effort to prevent gum disease before it reaches this advanced stage. It is absolutely essential to invest time each day to brush and floss your teeth a minimum of two times. When you make this part of your daily routine, it feels strange when you skip a day. Although most people brush their teeth daily, they feel they don’t have the time for flossing or don’t understand the importance of it. Even the best toothbrush in the world can’t reach the spots between teeth where bacteria can grow unchecked. After each brushing and flossing session, we recommend rinsing your mouth with anesthetic mouthwash to keep the bacteria at bay.
A New Treatment to Consider
If you have gum disease or are at risk of developing it, Dr. Haque may recommend a new laser gum therapy called Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR). Some of the most common signs of gum disease include:
- Loose teeth
- Gaps between the teeth you have just noticed
- Redness and receding of the gums
- Pus on the gum line
- Tenderness and swelling
This technologically advanced procedure kills up to 99.9 percent of the bacteria present in your mouth. It also increases the circulation of your blood cells and helps to strengthen bone. As many as 90 percent of our patients state they felt no discomfort at all during LBR and the remaining reported only a sensation of warmth. When compared to the consequences of untreated gum disease, it only makes sense to have Dr. Haque perform LBR.