Gum Disease Treatment
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, approximately three out of every four adults in America has some form of periodontal (gum) disease. It is known as the silent enemy, because the symptoms are few and subtle.
As one of the founding members of American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (which was formed to close the gap between dentistry and other medical professions), Dr. Bowman is keenly aware of the connection between oral health and overall health. Gum disease has been linked numerous medical conditions including HPV, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. C-reactive proteins, which your body produces when fighting inflammation such as gum disease, can be measured by testing the liver. As an indicator of heart attack or stroke, an increase of these proteins is 20 times more predictive than cholesterol level. Early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease is vital for overall health.
Dr. Bowman recognizes that each case is different.
- He doesn't just scrape teeth. He gently measures up to 156 sites at each cleaning to determine gum health and detect early signs of gum disease.
- He conducts a simple DNA saliva test to illustrate exactly how much bacteria exist, and which of the 11 leading bacteria are present, so he knows which antibiotics will eliminate and prevent them from returning.
- He has extensive training in non-surgical treatment; ultrasonic techniques and irrigation that are gentle and conservative.
The temperature, moisture, and lack of light in your mouth make it an ideal environment for bacterial growth. Habits such as poor oral hygiene or tobacco use are the most common causes of gum disease. Check your oral health:
- Healthy gums are light pink – there should be no red or purple spots, swelling, or separation from teeth.
- Healthy gums shouldn't bleed when you brush or floss.
- You shouldn't have problems with bad breath unless it is caused by recently ingested food. Smokers are especially susceptible to this symptom.
- Eating should be pleasurable, with no foul taste in your mouth.
Treating gum disease can improve your health, and enjoyment of eating as well as eliminating chronic bad breath. Your mouth is no less important than your whole body – it is part of your whole body. You see a doctor for examination when needed; why not see your dentist for a periodontal examination?
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