More people lose their teeth due to periodontal disease than for any other reason. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection of the gums, ligaments and bone that support your teeth. Gums infected with periodontal disease are toxic reservoirs of disease-causing bacteria. Bleeding gums can create an opening that allows these bacteria to enter your bloodstream and advance to your heart and other organs. There is mounting evidence that connects periodontal disease to heart infection and stroke.
What is the treatment?
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, our hygienist may recommend a period of Active Therapy – a schedule of organized treatment focused on arresting this disease. Details including treatment benefits, home care and fees will be explained. Working with your consent and values, we decide together how best to treat and manage this disease.
At South Riverside Dental Centre, our goal is to help you retain your teeth for life. Ask about our soft tissue LASER, used to arrest disease causing microorganisms and initiate the healing of periodontal tissues. We are very pleased to offer this front line defense against gum disease.
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