Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease or periodontal disease is the result of bacterial overgrowth in the mouth and if left untreated , may result in  tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue and small ligaments  that surrounds your teeth.

This infection begins when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, surrounds the tooth and is not removed for prolonged periods of time. The constant inflammation from the bacteria causes destruction to the foundation for the tooth. About  40 percent of individuals older than 30 and 70 percent of individuals older than 65 have some form of periodontal disease.

Risk Factors Leading to Gum Disease

  • Smoking
  • Chew Tobacco
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Medications
  • Diabetes
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Age

Types of Gum Disease

  • Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, causing the gums to become red, swollen and bleed easily. There is no or very little discomfort associated with this stage of the disease. With a good oral hygiene regimen, the results of gingivitis can be reversed. It  has been reported that more than  50% of adults had gingivitis on an average of 3 to 4 teeth in their mouth.
  • Aggressive periodontitis displays rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in clinically healthy patients
  • Chronic periodontitis is one of the most common forms of gum disease and is frequently seen in adults. The stages progress slowly and can be recognized by gum recession and pocket formation.

Preventing Gum Disease

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and paying regular visits to your dentist can prevent gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing can keep plaque to a minimum. Professional cleanings every six months are also recommended. Our team is dedicated to educating you on your individual treatment needs and will offer recommendations,  products and tools to keep your smile healthy. 

Treating Gum Disease

Scaling and root planning (SRP) is a procedure often completed to debride the deeper pockets around teeth harboring excess plaque and calculus.  Many of these sites cannot be accessed by regular brushing and flossing or even routine cleanings. Our talented hygienists will make these areas comfortable and then utilize special instruments and ultrasonic tools to remove the surplus of bacteria in these sites with the goal of removing inflammation. Scaling is considered a non-surgical technique. A combination of SRP, modification to home care techniques and a more frequent cleaning cycle are often ways periodontal disease can be controlled. 

In certain cases, periodontal surgery may be recommended to treat gum disease when non-surgical treatment is ineffective. We may recommend procedures such as pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts or bone regeneration to treat gum disease.  In many cases a periodontal specialist may be required to evaluate these situations.

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From Our Patients' Mouths

I am long overdue writing this great review. I have had a lot of dental work over the years and I have to say Ladeau Family Dental practice is simply the best in care, knowledge, and helping you get thru any procedure and wonderful cleaning. I had a tooth pulled the day before Thanksgiving and some repair work recently and Dr. Ladeau was so great and his team made me feel great and I highly recommend this dental practice to anyone who needs a new dentist. And I forgot to mention I travel 45 min. to this location and I feel like they treat me like family! Thank you so very much!

Kimberly Clark

From the minute I walk in, I'm made welcome. The staff are great. They let me know what they're doing and why- from a cleaning to an implant I recently had done. I feel relaxed here. And this is coming from a person who had a terrible/traumatic childhood experience with our family dentist growing up. I don't dred the dentist anymore.

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I am so very happy to find a dental office with so many caring and personable people. They are accommodating and welcoming and I highly recommend them if you are looking for an office that feels like family.

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