Periodontal disease is a serious health concern that can lead to pain, tooth loss and systemic health disorders. The two most common types of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. The only way to avoid gum disease is through a complete and disciplined dental hygiene routine, including daily brushing and flossing, bi-annual visits to our office for professional cleanings and regular examinations.
During these bi-annual appointments, Dr. Tomlo will check your gums for signs of periodontal disease. If symptoms of the disease are detected, Dr. Tomlo will offer prompt treatment to help protect your mouth and body against the spread of infection.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
In its earliest stages, gum disease may show symptoms such as sore, swollen and bleeding gums. These symptoms can be accompanied by chronic bad breath and an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Gum disease does not go away without treatment, and if left untreated, the consequences can be severe.
Advanced gum disease can permanently damage your teeth and gums, potentially resulting in the need for tooth extraction. Worse still, mounting evidence suggests links between advanced gum disease and systemic health disorders, including:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Complications with pregnancy and labor
Gum disease can also introduce complications with diabetes and osteoporosis.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Fortunately, treatment of gum disease is simple and painless. With the use of laser dentistry, Dr. Tomlo can treat even advanced forms of gum disease.
Early gum disease can be treated by patients at home with prescription mouthwashes and more thorough oral hygiene routines. If a patient’s gum disease requires surgical intervention, Dr. Tomlo can refer you to a periodontal specialist in our area who will be able to eliminate the infection and restore health to your gums and mouth.
We serve patients in the Hendersonville and Asheville areas of North Carolina, as well as the Spartanburg and Greenville areas of South Carolina.