Many studies have found an association between gum disease and high blood pressure. Considering May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month, it is a good time to consider how you treat your gum tissue and whether you are at risk of periodontal disease. Failing to brush every day, smoking, and maintaining a poor diet are all contributing risk factors. Dr. Jeffrey Alvarado, our experienced general dentist, provides gum disease treatment to reduce your risk of various other health problems.
Gum Disease Symptoms
At first, periodontal disease is often asymptomatic. It will remain silent for a while until it is far more advanced. At that point, our dentist will need to perform much more invasive procedures to remedy the situation. The symptoms to watch out for include:
- Change in the way your teeth fit together (bite alignment)
- Constant bad breath
- Sores forming around mouth
- Pus emerging between teeth and gums
- Separating teeth
- Receding gum line
- Bleeding any time you floss, brush, or eat hard foods
- Tender, swollen, and red gum tissue
Gum Disease Treatments
Schedule appointments with Dr. Alvarado once every six months so that he can catch gum disease before it progresses too far. Many periodontal services are available, including a gingivectomy. This gum disease treatment involves surgically removing diseased gum tissue. The benefits include reduced pocket depth and assistance with saving both the jaw bone and teeth.
Scaling and root planing involves deep cleaning teeth even beneath the gum line. It is ideal for mild cases of gum disease and generally only requires a localized anesthetic.
Finally, our office is excited to use laser dentistry. It uses lasers instead of drills to eliminate diseased tissue, and it will not damage any surrounding healthy tissue. Far less blood and discomfort are associated with this treatment compared to similar procedures.
A Gum Disease Professional You Can Trust
Contact us today to schedule your next gum disease treatment at Dr. Alvarado’s office in McAllen, TX. You are doing more than helping your smile. You are also helping your heart.
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