Periodontal Therapy An Overview
At Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs, we believe in the importance of gum health. Healthy gums are the support for healthy teeth.
Preventive dental care plays an important role in maintaining gum health, providing the opportunity on a routine basis for Dr. Paulen and her staff to spot gum disease in the early stages when conservative treatment can be comfortable and cost-effective. Changes in gum health can also be an indicator of changes in systemic health such as diabetes, cancer or auto-immune disorders.
Dr. Paulen educates her patients on the link between oral health and overall health, stressing the proven association between gum disease and heart disease and stroke. Gum disease can also have an impact on pregnancy health and outcome. Maintaining healthy gums is important not only for dental health but for a good quality of life.
Catching gum disease early on in development can prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. If you notice any changes in your oral health, be sure to contact Dr. Paulen right away. Read more about the Oral-Systemic Connection.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Sores in the mouth
Diagnosed early, gum disease can often be treated with a thorough dental cleaning. Left untreated, gum disease has been tied to a range of oral and systemic disease including cardiovascular disease.