It is estimated that approximately half of American men and women suffer from some form of periodontal disease, a severe oral health condition that can lead to a variety of complications if not treated properly. Unfortunately, many patients with early stage gum disease aren’t even aware that they are affected. At Highland Village Family Dentistry, Dr. Ryan Thomas and his caring hygiene team help patients from Highland Village, TX and the surrounding areas keep their teeth and gums healthy with general dentistry solutions, including periodontal therapy.
Causes and Risk Factor for Gum Disease
The primary cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Failure to remove plaque with proper brushing and flossing leads to an accumulation of bacteria between teeth and along the gum line. This is one of the many reasons that routine prophylaxis (professional dental cleaning) is so important. Other risk factors include smoking and certain medications. Ask your primary care physician about any medications you are prescribed and any oral health effects they may have.
How Periodontal Therapy Helps
Periodontal therapy works by eradicating the bacteria that cause chronic infection within the gingival tissues and underlying bone. Though periodontal disease cannot be reversed completely, it is possible to halt the progression of the infection so as to avoid further damage. Dr. Thomas will always take the time to sit down with you to discuss your unique needs and all of your options, developing a gum disease treatment plan that is specifically formulated for you. With periodontal therapy, it is possible to reduce your risk of tooth loss and other conditions associated with gum disease, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Whether you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease or you’d simply like to learn more about the ways you can prevent it, Dr. Thomas and his caring, experienced team are here to help. Contact our office today to schedule your visit, and discover what a difference our compassionate team, advanced technology, and patient-centric approach can make in your next dental visit.
Our Highland Village, TX dental office warmly welcomes families from throughout surrounding communities as well, including Flower Mound, Lewisville, Plano, Frisco, The Colony, Lantana, and beyond. We genuinely look forward to becoming your trusted partner in ongoing oral health and overall wellness.