We all (hopefully) spend a fair amount of our days thinking about and caring for our teeth. But when was the last time you took notice of your periodontal health? Periodontal health and periodontal disease receive less attention, but are equally important to tooth health. Our Seattle dentist keeps your gums strong with this week’s discussion of periodontitis. If you’re unsure of what periodontal health is, read on to discover ways to care for your gums, as well as learn about periodontal treatment available with Kim Okamura DDS.
What Is Periodontal Health? Why Is It Important?
Your “periodontium” is the group of tissues that surround and support the teeth (aka your gums). These tissues are crucial to your tooth health. Teeth cannot be strong without a healthy periodontium, and vice versa.
But when plaque builds up in your mouth, it affects your gums just as it does your teeth. When plaque gathers at your gum line, it can progress and lead to gingivitis, or gum inflammation. Should the gingivitis be allowed to persist, it will cause periodontal disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is infection of the gums. Sufferers can experience
- Bleeding, swollen, and tender gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum recession (the gum line lowering and exposing tooth roots)
- A horizontal separation of gums from teeth, causing painful and unappealing pockets
- Teeth that feel loose or shift in their sockets
- Changes in bite
- Eventual tooth loss
Our Seattle dentist will fight to prevent any of these problems occurring in our patients’ mouths with the aid of laser periodontal therapy.
Laser Periodontal Therapy Eliminates Periodontal Disease
Periodontal therapy involves removal of infected tissues and bacteria at and below the gum line. This is typically done with standard dental tools after the area has been numbed with local anesthesia. Our Seattle dentist offers a different kind of treatment – one more comfortable and more effective, and even regenerative. With the aid of a dental laser, we eradicate disease from the area without causing patient discomfort.
If you’re ready to confront your periodontal health head on, schedule an appointment with our Seattle dentist. We’ll have you healthy in no time!