Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, so it’s not something to be taken lightly. Keeping up to date with your gum health should be a top priority since it can eventually affect other aspects of your general health. There is a lot of research that shows the link between gum disease and other major medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and respiratory illnesses. At Cardinal Park Family Dental Care in Leesburg, VA, Dr. Gary Ashton, and his expert dental team offer periodontal services to help rid patients of their gum disease issues or prevent them from happening in the first place.
Common causes and red flags
Like a lot of diseases, gum disease can be hard to identify if you don’t know the signs to look for. For most people common symptoms are overlooked and labeled as side effects for everyday situations.
Typical overlooked signs are:
- Bleeding gums
- Red or Swollen Gums
- Loose Teeth
- Bad Breath
- Gum Recession
- Tooth sensitivity
To help combat this oral illness Dr. Ashton and his team have highly comprehensive periodontal treatment plans that offer different periodontal services based on the severity of your periodontal issue.
Treatment offered Include:
- Scaling and root planning Therapy– this is a non-surgical periodontal treatment that mainly focuses on removing the plaque and tartar that has built up on your tooth’s surface and beneath your gum line.
- Laser Periodontal Therapy – by utilizing a highly specific dental soft tissue dental laser our dental experts can target areas that lay deep below your gumline. This is a great alternative to traditional gum surgery.
- Periodontal Maintenance – this is a periodontics program to help patients that have undergone a major gum disease treatment maintain a healthy bill of health for there gums. These are often scheduled every three to four months and replace biannual cleanings.
- Soft Tissue Recontouring – this type of periodontal treatment is typically implemented to reverse the effects of a gummy smile by removing the excess gum tissue to create an even healthy gumline.
As you can see periodontal services should be implemented in your next dentist visit to make sure your gums are happy and healthy. For more information on the periodontal services that we offer at Cardinal Park Family Dental Care, contact our Leesburg, VA office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashton.