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How Periodontal Therapy Can Save Your Smile from Gum Disease

November 23, 2014

185780257It 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.

Understanding the Importance of Periodontal Therapy with Dr. Ryan Thomas

April 23, 2014

Shutterstock Happy Dental PatientWhen most people think of gum disease, the first images that come to mind are fairly common: gums that bleed when you brush or floss, chronic bad breath, and even the loss of one or more teeth over time. Periodontal disease, however, can actually lead to a variety of other, seemingly unrelated issues that impact general health as well. At Highland Village Family Dentistry in Highland Village, TX, Dr. Ryan Thomas and his team work to help patients maintain optimal periodontal health with gum disease therapy – not only for the sake of their smiles, but for their overall wellbeing, too.

The Systemic Link: Healthy Mouth, Healthy You

Research has proven the existence of a close link between oral health and systemic (or full-body) health. Think of your mouth as a doorway to the rest of the complex systems that comprise your body. When bacteria that reside within the mouth spread via the bloodstream, the result may be severe if left unattended. Prompt treatment with periodontal therapy can help reduce the likelihood that a patient will suffer from the following complications:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Difficulty in managing diabetes
  • Pregnancy complications, including low birth weight babies
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Dementia in patients of advance age

Talk with Dr. Thomas if you have concerns about your oral health or that of anyone in your family. Some of the most common warning signs of gum disease include recurring halitosis (bad breath), redness and swelling of the gums, gum recession, and gums that bleed when you brush and/or floss. We’ll always listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have, offering our skills, expertise, and genuine care at your every visit.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you or anyone in your family has noticed the symptoms of gum disease, the time to seek treatment for the condition is now. Early intervention with periodontal therapy can help drastically reduce your risk of developing secondary complications that may become detrimental to your overall health. Dr. Thomas and his caring, compassionate staff want to become your partners in your journey toward improved oral health and wellness. Contact our office in Highland Village, TX today to schedule your consultation. Our family-friendly dental practice happily welcomes patients from throughout the north Dallas/Fort Worth area, including Plano, Argyle, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Frisco, The Colony, Lantana, and more.