At our office, we offer periodontal treatment to help prevent and treat gum diseases. However, we often notice that in between visits some patients let their gum health fall to the wayside. While your gum health may not be something you think about on a day-to-day basis, gum disease is serious and dangerous for your overall health!
For example, new research suggests that gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In a small study by the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida, brain samples from 10 people with Alzheimer’s and 10 people without the disease were analyzed. Gum disease-related bacteria was found in the brain of all patients with Alzheimer’s. None of the bacteria was found in the brain samples from people without Alzheimer’s.
While the authors of the study said the study does not show causal association, the research does show an association between oral bacteria and Alzheimer’s.
At Creative Edge Dentistry, we can help you improve your gum health to avoid other health risks caused by gum disease-related bacteria! We offer various services including scaling and root planning and periodontal education.
What is Gum Disease?
At Creative Edge Dentistry, we help our patients get healthier gums and offer education on gum disease.
Gum disease starts with the buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Over time, this bacteria can develop into plaque. Good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing daily can control plaque, but if it is not removed from the teeth, plaque can turn into tartar. Tartar fosters the growth of bacteria and when infection occurs because of the bacteria, this is called gingivitis.
While we can treat gingivitis, many patients leave the disease untreated. When gingivitis is left untreated, it develops into periodontitis. Periodontitis causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that allow the bacteria to seep past the gum line and eventually into the bloodstream.
Treatment for Gum Disease in Edmond, OK
When gum disease-related bacteria enters the blood stream, this can cause a number of problems, including risk of heart disease! Dr. Kari Bender is experienced in helping her patients avoid the dangers of gum disease. She can educate you on how to manage your gum health. We can also treat gingivitis and early stages of periodontitis.
Visit Creative Edge Dentistry or call us at (405) 341-9351 to learn more about how to achieve excellent gum health. We offer periodontal treatment to help you avoid gum disease in Edmond, OK!
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