Understanding and Eliminating Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can affect your oral health and overall health. If left untreated, it can result in tooth loss, and increase your risk for other medical problems, including heart disease. Dr. Roger Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart offer effective treatment options for mild to severe cases of gum disease. At our Jackson periodontal practice, we have been helping our patients achieve excellent oral health for more than 30 years. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, or have concerns about your periodontal health, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with us.
About Periodontal Disease
Gum disease can damage the teeth and underlying bone structure. Bacteria and plaque below the gum line are the primary causes of gum disease. In the early stages of the condition, known as gingivitis, the gums become red and inflamed, and they can bleed easily. As the condition progresses into periodontitis, the bacteria and plaque cause pockets to form between the gums and tooth roots. As the pockets grow and periodontal disease advances, the teeth can become loose.
Gum Disease and Overall Health
Studies have found that gum disease can also increase your risk of several other medical conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Premature birth
We believe it is very important for patients to have a comprehensive understanding of how to prevent gum disease, so provide patient education videos and brochures in our waiting room.
Periodontal Disease Risk Factors
Periodontal disease can affect anyone with poor oral health habits. Other risk factors associated with a higher incidence of gum disease include:
- Tobacco use - Those who smoke or use chewing tobacco are at a much greater risk of developing periodontal disease. They also tend to develop more serious forms of gum disease, and have much lower chances of successful treatment.
- Diabetes - Like other conditions that compromise your immune system (AIDS, leukemia, high stress), patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing infections, including periodontal disease.
- Certain medications - Many medications cause side effects such as dry mouth, which reduces the flow of saliva. Without adequate saliva production, plaque is more likely to accumulate, making the patient more vulnerable to gum disease.
- Hormonal changes - Changes in body hormones, such as those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can increase the risk of periodontal disease.
- Genetics - Patients who have a family history of gum disease are at a much higher risk of developing the condition themselves.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
At Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A., we can treat all stages of gum disease. We can teach you how to properly care for your teeth and gums so you can minimize your risk of developing periodontal disease and other conditions. For patients experiencing periodontal disease, we offer scaling and root planing procedures, medications, laser gum therapy, periodontal surgery, soft tissue grafting, and other oral surgery procedures.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have concerns about your periodontal health, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
“Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff.” Alex S.