Understanding & Arresting Gum Disease in Scottsdale, AZ
Gum disease (also commonly known as periodontal disease) is one of the most common health problems in the world – in fact, up to 80% of the American population is suspected to suffer from a mild to severe form of the condition, with a large portion of those patients not even realizing it. This can happen because gum disease is commonly very subtle in its early stages, exhibiting few symptoms that seem relatively harmless. However, when gum disease is allowed to spread untreated, it can lead to severe consequences, such as the loss of precious jawbone, soft tissue, and teeth. Here in Scottsdale, Dr. Alex Martin and his staff take this threat extremely seriously, which is why we provide routine screenings and personalized treatment options. Our practice is open to patients from Paradise Valley, AZ and surrounding areas – contact us today!
Am I at risk for gum disease?
Gum disease can occur in patients across a wide spectrum, and even those who practice good oral hygiene may fall victim. The following characteristics can lead to an increased risk for developing the condition:
- Heavy smoking and/or tobacco use
- Constant stress
- Certain medications
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Diet (poor nutrition)
- Diseases that affect the immune system
- Hormone fluctuations
- Poor dental health
Gum Disease Treatment
Our recommendation for treatment will depend on the current severity of your case. When you’re still experiencing the early symptoms of gum disease (oral bleeding, red or swollen gum tissue, etc) more diligent brushing and flossing at home may be enough to combat the effects and restore your smile to full health. In more moderate instance, Dr. Martin might recommend an in-depth cleaning known as root scaling and planing, which can get rid of dangerous bacteria. If your periodontal disease has progressed to a severe stage, surgical intervention may become necessary. Dr. Martin has worked closely with excellent specialists in the area for several years now, and he can recommend one of them for this procedure if necessary.