With gum disease affecting millions of Americans each year, it’s important to know that the health implications of this common condition can go well beyond red or inflamed gum tissue. Caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar, gum disease can eventually lead to bleeding of the gums, spaces between the teeth, loose teeth, and even tooth loss when left untreated. In addition to these side effects, recent research conducted by the University of Southampton and King’s College London is now showing a correlation between patients with gum disease and cases of Alzheimer’s, suggesting that it is more important than ever to promptly treat the earliest signs of gingivitis.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, if the link between the two diseases proves accurate, maintaining good oral health and hygiene could slow the onset of dementia. Fortunately, at Austin Dental Spa, we offer a number of treatment options for patients suffering from gum disease. Technologies and techniques such as Micro-IDent® Plus and the Perio Protect® Method allow our cosmetic dentists to accurately identify harmful bacteria that could damage the soft tissue of the mouth as well as remove harmful biofilm. Additionally, deep scaling and root planing offer effective methods of cleaning pockets of bacteria along the gum line while simultaneously promoting the natural healing process.