Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a common condition that affects nearly 50 percent of adults. There are various degrees of severity that can occur with the infection. While the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) can easily be treated without causing any longer term damage, often the condition goes untreated. As the infection progresses to the later stages, significant damage will occur to the gum tissue. However, the gums, teeth, and underlying bone are not the only areas to be impacted by the infection. Periodontal disease is directly linked to causing heart disease. As a periodontal dentist in Pasadena TX, we want to see your smile and heart protected from the infection.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease develops as a result of an infection that advances in the gum line due to an accumulation of plaque and bacteria. As plaque forms on the teeth, the bacteria in plaque causes the gums to become infected and inflamed. Overtime, the infection will intensify, causing the gum tissue to be seriously damaged. When left untreated, the gum lines will recede, eventually causing the teeth to become loose and even fall out.
Gum Disease and Your Heart
Without periodontal therapy in Pasadena TX, the bacteria from gum disease will invade the body. As the bacteria enters the bloodstream, the body responds by increasing systemic inflammatory proteins and cells, which target a local infection. As a result, the body experiences high levels of body inflammation. These inflammation markers are linked to atrial fibrillation and abnormal heart rhythm. In addition, as the upper heart chambers are subjected to the bacteria, the risk for coronary atherosclerosis, myocardial infraction and heart attack increase. As a result, the heart is not only impacted by the body’s natural reaction to fight the infection, but from the bacteria itself.
Your Dentist in Pasadena TX for Gum Disease Treatment
At Sierra Smiles, we provide periodontal therapy in Pasadena TX to prevent and treat gum disease. With a regular dental cleaning in Pasadena TX, we will reduce the likeliness of gum disease occurring by removing plaque accumulations. Should gum disease develop, we will catch the infection while in its early stages through a regular checkup. However, should the infection progress to the later stages, we offer advanced periodontal care to protect your smile.
We offer treatment for periodontal disease with laser dentistry. With the use of a laser, the treatment is less invasive while producing more accurate results. The minimally invasive laser eliminates the need for using a scalpel and stitches. This provides added comfort, quicker recovery time, and less damage to surrounding tissues while producing enhanced results.
With the right treatment from your dentist in Pasadena TX, research shows that aggressive therapy can lower the body’s inflammation levels in just 6 months. As a result, you won’t just have healthier gums and teeth, but will also lower your risk for heart disease.
We encourage you to maintain regular appointments with Sierra Smiles for cleanings and checkup to prevent the development of gum disease. Should you suspect gum disease, please contact our office for treatment.