Is Gum Disease Winning, or Are You?
Gum (periodontal) disease is a progressive, destructive condition, and the primary reason millions of adults suffer tooth loss today. Receiving prompt treatment from a periodontal specialist is crucial for keeping the disease at bay and preventing tooth loss. As a Board Certified Periodontist and member of the American Academy of Periodontology, Dr. Patrick McDonough provides the patient-centered gum disease care you need for a future of healthy, happy smiles.
Gum Disease Facts and Statistics
- Periodontal disease is a major epidemic, affecting around 64.7 million U.S. adults.
- Periodontal disease is the leading cause of natural tooth loss in adults.
- Men exhibit greater incidence of periodontal disease, at 56 percent compared with 38 percent in women.
- Scientific studies link the presence of periodontal disease to other alarming systemic conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Your Body’s Response to Gum DiseaseGum disease is caused by hundreds of types of harmful oral bacteria. These bacteria produce toxins, leading the body to respond by destroying the bone and soft tissue supporting your teeth. Any of the following signs and symptoms of gum disease should be evaluated promptly:
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Bad taste or malodor
- Presence of pus
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth mobility
Reestablish Periodontal Health with Effective Gum Disease Treatment
Treating your gum disease early on is important for not only keeping your teeth, but also protecting your general health. Dr. McDonough and our talented team deliver the finest in periodontal care, with relaxing sedation services, if necessary. We offer the following gum disease treatments:
- Osseous Surgery: Enables deep access to infected areas and bone discrepancies through gentle retraction of gum tissue.
- Periodontal Maintenance: Gum health maintenance program involving thorough cleanings and tissue management, occurring at three- to four-month intervals.
- Scaling and Root Planing:A non-surgical treatment used for clearing root surfaces of plaque and tartar deposits to encourage tissue reattachment and periodontal pocket reduction.
A beautiful smile depends on what lies beneath.
Get the effective gum disease treatment you need from New Bern’s premier periodontal office. Contact our friendly team today and reserve your gum disease consultation with Dr. McDonough.