Known as the “silent disease” amongst dentists, gum disease will affect approximately 75% of American adults at some point in their lives. This can be as simple as minor irritation caused by early gingivitis or a major dental issue in the form of receding gums and gums that bleed when brushing. While most patients suffering from the early stages of gum disease can be treated successfully by Dr. William Harper, DDS, advanced gum disease may require more extensive treatments, including periodontal therapy.
During routine dental visits, Dr. Harper seeks to educate his patients on the early warning signs and symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Persistent bad breath
Dr. Harper’s Newport News area dental patients will benefit from the use of technology in treating gum disease, offering more accurate treatment that is less painful. Laser dentistry is effective in the treatment of gum disease, using a high energy bean to destroy surface bacteria and remove diseased gum tissue with minimal side effects. Dr. Harper also offers prophy jet treatment, using a mixture of water and baking soda that can remove plaque from tooth surfaces without scraping.
Why are healthy gums important?
Dr. Harper emphasizes the role that healthy gums play in our overall health. It has been found in recent studies that there is a correlation between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, including stroke. They have also found links between gum disease and diabetes. Your dental health has been proven to have an impact on overall health, and the health of your gums has a direct impact on your dental health- this is why Dr. Harper and his staff take the time to address gum disease and educate patients on at-home oral hygiene.
If you have experienced any of the symptoms of gum disease and have not seen the dentist for treatment, contact Dr. Harper in his Hampton Roads dental office to schedule an appointment and restore your dental health.