Barnwell Dentists Restore Your Gum Health

Gum Disease Therapy Revitalizes Your Smile

Gum disease is a serious dental condition that can not only impair your oral health, but also negatively impact your overall health, too. At Still & Reece Dentistry in Barnwell, SC, we can restore health to your gums and protect your dental wellbeing with gum disease therapy.

What Causes Gum Disease

Gum disease begins when oral bacteria clings to your teeth and gums and is allowed to grow unimpeded. When you don’t brush and floss every day, bacteria will create plaque—a yellowish sticky film that coats your teeth. Without daily oral hygiene and twice-annual dental cleanings, this plaque will turn into calculus (tartar), and can infect your gum tissues.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, periodontal disease (gum disease) is considered an autoimmune disorder . Why? Research has indicated the bacteria that cause plaque and tartar stimulate the immune system to overproduce cytokines, which typically fight infection. However, excessive cytokines cause inflammation and enzymes released by white blood cells contribute to the breakdowns in connective tissue. In addition, 30% of Americans have a genetic predisposition to gum disease.

Why Gum Disease is Dangerous

Gum disease detrimentally affects your gum and bone tissues—and in fact, it’s the number one reason for adult tooth loss in the United States. Gum disease can also cause tissue damage and bone loss. However, gum disease doesn’t just impact your dental wellbeing. Scientific studies have linked gum disease to systemic illnesses, including:

  • Coronary artery disease. Research suggests gum disease contributes to inflammation in the arteries, causing swelling and plaque build-up.
  • Non-fatal strokes. Periodontal infections increase the risk of non-fatal strokes by 4.3 fold.
  • Diabetes. Gum disease been shown to increase sugar production, and it’s known as the sixth complication of diabetes.
  • Premature births. Women with gum disease are more likely to have premature births and low birth weight babies.
  • Respiratory illness. Bacteria in the mouth can be aspirated into the lungs, increasing the risk of a respiratory disease and worsening chronic lung conditions.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. Patients with gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis saw significant improvement in their RA symptoms after being treated for periodontal infections.

Gum Disease Symptoms

With daily oral hygiene and regular checkups at our Barnwell dental office, we can work with you to keep gum disease at bay. Sometimes, patients who have gum disease won’t show any signs. However, the worse the gum disease, the more likely you’re experiencing symptoms:

  • Gums that bleed during or after brushing
  • Swollen gums, or gums that feel tender
  • Discolorations or severe reddening
  • Pockets form around your teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Gum Disease Therapy

Traditional gum disease therapy is known as a “deep cleaning,” or “root scaling and planing.” At our Barnwell dental practice, we our hygienists will ensure you feel completely comfortable for your deep cleaning. We remove the bacteria from your teeth, as well as the areas below your gum line. Once the bacteria are removed, your gums can start to heal. Unfortunately gum disease is a life-time health condition that must be tracked scrupulously to ensure your gums remain as healthy as possible.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

At Still & Reece Dentistry in Barnwell, South Carolina, we offer comfortable gum disease therapy. If you have gum disease or need other general dentistry services, please make your appointment at our office today!