Gum Disease in Little Elm
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is a serious problem experienced by many adults. Although research shows that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 35, it is possible that a much younger person could also develop this concerning condition. During routine examinations for adult and pediatric patients, Dr. Suri will assess the health of gum tissue to ensure gum disease is not present.
There are several reasons why gum disease is very concerning. One is that this condition develops in a very subtle manner, so subtle that many people are unknowingly suffering from infection beneath the gums. Changes such as tenderness, redness, swelling, or bleeding when brushing or flossing are all indicators that gum tissue is inflamed. These signs are telling you that professional care is needed right away. With proper treatment from Dr. Suri and the dentists at Frisco Elm Dental, the progression of gum disease can be stopped.
Gum disease is concerning since it affects overall health as well. Most people recognize the effects that oral infection has on the mouth. When periodontal disease progresses, the bone that supports the teeth breaks down and tooth loss can occur. The effect of gum disease goes far beyond its immediate threat to the stability of teeth. Gum disease is the result of oral bacteria. These living microorganisms can pass from the mouth into the body through ingestion or the bloodstream. In the body, pathogens from the mouth increase the risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and other serious health conditions. Rather than plan extraction and restoration with implants, dentures, or other advanced care, Dr. Suri prefers to assist her patients in the prevention of gum disease through regular care and early detection.
In the past, gum surgery was the most frequently used procedure for the elimination of gum disease. Today, it is possible to address this problem quickly and more conservatively. Dr. Suri recommends steps such as antibiotics, professional cleaning, and medicated oral rinse before suggesting surgery.
Patients of Frisco Elm Dental benefit from accurate diagnosis and various treatment options for gum disease. A procedure commonly used as a first line of defense against harmful bacteria is scaling and root planing. This professional cleaning targets plaque and tartar at and below the gum line. After teeth and root surfaces have been cleaned and smoothed, a topical antibiotic solution may be applied.
In addition to directly treating gum disease, Dr. Suri will discuss changes to the home care routine that will augment professional care. Instruction and demonstration for brushing and flossing techniques are provided and a recommendation may be made for medicated mouthwash for daily use.
The good news is that there are ways to manage oral health in light of gum disease. With focused attention and improved self-care, you can keep your smile healthy for life.
Frisco Elm Dental
Dr. Vidya Suri
A graduate from University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, Dr. Vidya Suri is an established dentist who prioritizes her patients and strives to provide them with the best possible dental care. She brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and skills including her ability to pay close attention to the details to provide her patients with the most optimal outcomes that exceed their expectations.
Dr. Suri treats patients of all ages. In order to ensure that she is doing her best, she regularly participates in continuing education courses to stay abreast of new practices, technology, and advancements in the industry. Dr. Suri is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.