Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious problem that can affect not only your mouth but your overall health and well being. When the gums become infected, bacteria from the infection can spread throughout the body, causing complications and even leading to an increased likelihood of heart disease. Columbus, Ohio family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Firouzian, DDS, can help alleviate the symptoms and side effects of periodontal disease with a program of periodontal therapy, which also include pancreatic cancer and early term miscarriage.
The Basics of Periodontal Care
Caring for the gums is a vital part of your oral hygiene regimen. The gums provide support for your teeth as well as protecting the sensitive tooth roots. Proper care of the gums includes:
- Regular brushing
- Regular examinations to determine overall periodontal health
Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, occurs when the gums become infected and begin to pull away from the roots of the teeth. Dr. Firouzian can spot these problems while examining your mouth. As gum disease progresses, spaces between the gums and teeth become deeper and more pronounced, exposing the roots and providing larger areas for bacteria and infection to develop.
Gum Disease Therapy
If diagnosed in fairly early stages, gum disease can be treated with periodontal therapy, non-invasive treatments provided both in the dentist’s office and at home. Periodontal therapy provides a series of steps and treatments to eliminate infection from the gums and restore them to their healthy state. Some elements of gum disease therapy include:
- Perio Protect
- Root scaling
- Antibacterial mouthwashes
- Fluoride application
- Laser Therapy
Dr. Firouzian might also provide you with instructions on how to treat your gums at home to help make your periodontal therapy even more effective. You will also be asked to visit Dr. Firouzian at regular intervals to assess the progress of your treatment.
Because periodontal therapy can prevent tooth loss, we consider it our highest priority. We will never perform other cosmetic or restorative treatments without addressing concerns about your periodontal health. We hold our periodontal therapy to the same uncompromising standards as every procedure we perform.