We don’t mean to scare you with that statistic; we only want you be aware of the fact that gum disease can affect your smile without you even knowing it. Often, the only indication of a problem is bleeding gums, and by then gum disease has already set it.
If it’s not treated soon, even more serious problems like tooth loss or gum deterioration can occur. What’s more, other health problems, like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, pre-term birth, and gastric ulcer re-infection have been found to share a connection with gum disease.
Careful, Thorough Treatment for Gum Disease
At Dr. Michel’s Topeka office, treatment for gum disease starts with the elimination of the bacteria causing your infection. Both a deep cleaning procedure and topical antibiotics are effective at doing this.
Next, we’ll look for ways we can build up your resistance, and, if we can, we’ll also try to establish what caused your infection in the first place.
If you’ve experienced any bone deterioration, we’ll also work hard to rebuild those structures which are so important to having a healthy smile.
And lastly, we’ll simply talk with you and try to create a plan for your future. Often, future instances of gum disease can be avoided simply by spending more time at the bathroom sink and with more regular visits.
Call our Topeka office today if you’d like to schedule a visit with Dr. Michel. Healthy gums aren’t just important for having a healthy smile—they’re important for your overall health, too.