Periodontal Therapies

Gum disease is something you don’t want to ignore. It is linked to many other serious health conditions. //

Periodontal Therapies

Gum disease is something you don’t want to ignore. It is linked to many other serious health conditions. //

Periodontal Therapies

Periodontal Therapies

It is estimated that around 80% of American adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, making it one of the most common diseases in America. Despite this statistic, 60% of people with gum disease don’t know that they have it, which can lead to further complications and a decline in whole-body wellness. Although gum disease may seem like a disease that is isolated to the mouth, the inflammatory reactions that it can cause are spread throughout the whole body, and so it is vital to treat it quickly and effectively. 

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is the medical name for gum disease, specifically, a more severe case of gum disease, and translates to ‘inflammation around the tooth.’ Gum disease is an infection caused by a build-up of oral bacteria which then leads to inflammation that can be very painful and destructive. Without proper treatment, a bacterial infection around the gums and teeth can worsen, causing the alveolar bones that support the teeth to disintegrate, leading to tooth loss and causing other health complications. 

Gum disease and its effect on whole-body wellness

Gum disease may seem as though it is isolated to your mouth, but without treatment even mild gum disease can begin to cause problems elsewhere in the body, leading to a decline in whole-body wellness. Gum disease doesn’t just stay in your mouth but causes an inflammatory reaction throughout the body. Inflammatory reactions have been linked to a number of serious health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, and can even cause pregnant women to give birth prematurely. Just because the inflammation appears isolated to the mouth, does not mean that it is not affecting the body as a whole, and so it should be treated with urgency. 

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Gum disease and periodontal therapies

Good oral hygiene is the key to preventing gum disease and will help to keep oral bacteria at bay. At home, you can do your part to keep your gums healthy by brushing and flossing your teeth to remove food particles and bacteria, but it is also important that you visit Rinaldi Dental Arts regularly so that we can perform periodontal therapies to combat gum disease. This process may start with a sub-gingival (below the gumline) scaling procedure to remove any build-up of plaque or calculus. If plaque and calculus are left to build up, bacteria can hide away closer to the teeth and cause infections both above and below the gumline.

For those that already have gum disease, good oral hygiene can help to lower the levels of bacteria in your mouth, ultimately reducing the inflammation. In many cases, Dr. Rinaldi may also recommend antiseptic or antibiotic therapy such as a mouth rinse, or gel, to kill existing bacteria quickly. 


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RINALDI DENTAL ARTS
The Collection at Chevy Chase
5481 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 221
Chevy Chase, MD 20815