Don’t Let Periodontal Disease Be Surprise Diagnosis

added on: September 24, 2012

Some patients are shocked to learn they’ve developed periodontal (gum) disease. However, the regularity of dental visits, condition of physical health, oral hygiene at home, and other factors can leave one individual more susceptible than other.

For example, if you only have once-a-year hygiene visits, rather than every six months, you may be surprised by a diagnosis of periodontal disease. Keep in mind that it only takes 36 hours for oral bacteria to begin plaque formation.

Many factors can play a part in the rate of how one develops gum disease. This is why those six-month check-ups are so important. They catch problems at early stages so they don’t become bigger ones. Too, your oral home care between visits plays a major role in the condition of your oral health at each visit.

Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your oral health. Research has shown that the inflammation of gum disease can have adverse reactions elsewhere in the body. It has been linked to coronary artery disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems. Like many diseases that form in our bodies, periodontal disease begins silently and without obvious warning signs in earliest stages.

If your family physician gave you a clean bill of health at your annual check-up, but learn a tumor has developed at the next one, you would likely understand it had developed between the two visits. The same can happen with periodontal disease.

Should you learn that you have developed gum disease, the most important thing is for you to be treated promptly. Gum disease will only worsen without treatment. In many cases, our dental laser allows us to combat the bacteria of gum disease with optimal comfort and in minimal time. Call us toll free 1-855-9-Smiles for more information.