The integrity of your teeth is essential to a healthy smile for life… but what about the delicate tissues that hold your smile into place? Having healthy gums and bone structures are essential to long-term tooth stability, but unfortunately many people don’t realize that there is a problem until symptoms begin to develop, such as:
- Tooth mobility
- Gingival recession (“long teeth”)
- Bad breath
- Problems with food packing under the gums
- Gums that are sensitive, swollen, or bleed
If normal brushing and flossing doesn’t help, you likely have periodontal disease. When not addressed as soon as possible, the infection causes additional bone loss, resulting in the teeth becoming loose enough to fall out.
Combating Tooth Loss Before it Starts
Our ultimate goal is to help you retain your natural smile for as long as possible. That’s why our Kansas City dentists thoroughly assess your teeth for signs of gum detachment, bone loss, and infection during every checkup.
When signs of periodontal disease are evident, we recommend a series of therapeutic deep cleanings to eliminate the source of infection and encourage tissue reattachment. If necessary, we may also place small antibiotic or medicinal capsules under the gumlines to aid in recovery following the root planing visit.
Multiple scientific studies have found that active periodontal disease has a direct correlation with the severity of health problems like:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature labor/low birth weight infants
Managing your oral infection first can boost your immune system and its ability to combat other infections or health concerns. The healthier your smile is, the easier it is for your body to ward off other types of medical problems.
If you suspect that you have gum disease or if you have a family history of tooth loss, call Gordon Dental today. We’ll be more than happy to discuss your concerns with you, assess your teeth, and help to determine the best route to enjoying a healthy smile that lasts as long as possible.