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The category in dentistry devoted to the health of the “gum tissue” is known as periodontics. Many people are aware that their gum tissue bleeds because they see the blood on their toothbrush. Sometimes they will notice their breath is very bad or that a tooth seems loose.
At Simmons Dental Associates, Dr. Paul Simmons is a licensed periodontist, with special training to help intervene for people with gum problems. Both Dr. Paul and Dr. Patricia will carefully evaluate your teeth, gums, and supporting jaw bone to see if you may have problems that could eventually cause you to lose your teeth.
Today, dentistry has many possible interventions, depending on how advanced your problem may be. Sometimes people simply need more frequent professional cleanings. Others may need “deep cleanings” more often. More advanced problems require “scaling and root planing,” and a local anesthetic may be used for your comfort. For those requiring surgical intervention, every effort is made to ensure you the greatest degree of comfort during every aspect of the procedure. In addition, prescription mouth rinses may be recommended. The doctors are also able to place a special medication under the gum once an area has been thoroughly cleaned. Antibiotics may be used to control serious infections.
An unhealthy mouth can contribute to health problems with other organs in the body. If you have diabetes, osteoporosis, or other health issues, or if you smoke, you could be at greater risk for gum disease. Research has identified a relationship between gum disease and systemic medical conditions such as heart disease. It is extremely important that you make us aware of all of your health issues and any medications you may be taking.
“Gum disease” is also known as periodontal disease. This is one of the main reasons people can lose their teeth. Don’t let this be you! If other family members have lost many of their teeth, you may be at higher risk. When you are here at Simmons Dental Associates, make sure you get all of your questions answered. We want you to understand the important part your daily care of your teeth makes, as well as what we need to do for you. The goal is to do everything in our power and yours to help you keep that healthy smile for your entire life.