If you've suffered with tender or bleeding gums, aching teeth, bone-deep jaw pain, swollen or discolored gums, and gum line recession, you may be suffering from periodontitis - more commonly known as gum disease. Gum disease happens when your gums become persistently infected, and can affect more than just your mouth. While gum disease can lead to yellowing, discoloration, bone loss, and lost teeth or cavities, it can also cause a host of other health problems.
What Are the Risks of Gum Disease?
Gum disease in Oklahoma City, OK can have surprising effects on your entire body. One of the greatest risks is from bacteria that enter the bloodstream through damaged or infected gums, which can affect your entire cardiovascular systems and spread to other key functions of your body. By weakening your immune system and cardiovascular functions, bacterial spread from gum disease can cause or worsen heart disease or diabetes. It can also lead to cancer, or cause pre-term delivery in pregnant women.
Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?
The best cure for periodontitis is prevention. A proper oral care routine can halt early signs and lead to rapid recovery, but for advanced cases the best option is a long-term treatment regimen to stop the spread, strengthen your gums, and reverse as much damage as possible.
What Kind of Treatment Can You Expect With Dr. Van Horn?
Dr. Van Horn offers gentle, knowledgeable expertise in oral care and periodontal treatment, with an extensive history of successfully treating gum disease. Options for periodontal treatment in Oklahoma City, OK include:
- Osseous surgery
- Scaling and root planning
- Ridge augmentation and preservation
- Maintenance treatment
- Bone grafting
Contact our office at (405)-757-2122 or schedule an appointment online to speak to Dr. Van Horn to determine the best methods to treat or prevent periodontitis, personalized for your oral healthcare needs. You can expect to receive an in-depth assessment of your treatment options, and the education you need to make a decision regarding your gums. Contact us today!
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