Although bacterial plaque buildup is the main cause of periodontal disease, several other factors, including other diseases, medications and oral habits, also can contribute.
These are factors that can increase your risk of gum disease or make it worse once the infection has set in such as:
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Misaligned or crowded teeth
- Poor nutrition
- Grinding/clenching of teeth
- Fluctuating hormones
Swollen and bleeding gums can be painful, but worse than that, they are early indications that your gums are infected. If nothing is done, the infection can spread, which eventually will cause bone loss which could lead to the teeth becoming loose and eventually may require extraction.
In recent years, researchers have linked connections between gum disease and:
- Atherosclerosis & heart disease
- Respiratory disease
Scaling and root planing, also known as conventional periodontal therapy, non-surgical periodontal therapy, or deep teeth cleaning, is a procedure of physically removing the dental plaque and calculus by scaling or planing. Placing of localized antibiotics has shown to be effective in treating periodontal disease when done with scaling and root planing.
At New Era Dental we provide our patients with state-of-the art FDA and clinically approved procedures to treat gum disease. New technology has proven to more comfortable to the patient and a cost effective alternative to conventional gum surgery and antibiotics.