Gum disease is a common health concern that is all too often ignored. Sore, swollen, and bleeding gums are early signs. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and even systemic health problems.
Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is the best way to prevent periodontal disease. However, if you already have gum disease, treatment will be necessary to protect both your mouth and the rest of your body from the spread of infection. Please call (714) 385-1672 to speak with Dr. Henry about gum treatment methods that can restore the health of your mouth.
Why Is Gum Disease Dangerous?
When gum disease becomes advanced, it can result in permanent damage to your teeth and gums. Tooth extraction may be necessary if the infection spreads too far.
Of even greater concern is the recent evidence that suggests links between periodontal disease and other health disorders, such as:
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy and labor complications
- Respiratory disease
Periodontal disease can also complicate problems with osteoporosis and diabetes.
The good news is that treating periodontal disease is simpler and more effective than ever before. Using FDA-approved laser dentistry techniques, Dr. Henry can treat your condition with a high degree of precision. Soft-tissue lasers completely eliminate the bacteria in your gums, stopping the infection in its tracks and providing better maintenance of your results over time. Laser periodontal therapy also cauterizes your gums, meaning post-op bleeding and discomfort is drastically reduced.
If your gum disease is still in its very early stages, it may be possible to control it simply by using prescription mouthwashes and a more stringent oral hygiene routine at home. After carefully examining your gums, Dr. Henry will recommend the best course of treatment for your needs.
If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, please contact the Orange Center for Cosmetic Dentistry online or call us at (714) 385-1672 to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced Orange County dentist Dr. Henry.