Periodontal Therapy & Gum Disease Prevention for Rockville Families
Periodontal disease is a chronic infection of the gums and the connective tissues that hold the teeth in place. Also commonly referred to as gum disease, this condition affects approximately 80% of the American population in some capacity. It is caused primarily by poor oral hygiene. The gums become irritated as a result of plaque buildup and accumulation of tartar near and beneath the gum line. At the office of Dr. Robert Sanker, you’ll find everything you need to keep your gums healthy and looking great, including preventive treatments and proven-effective periodontal therapy.
The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in America and has been proven to contribute to a variety of other health concerns as well. Men and women with untreated periodontal disease are significantly more likely to develop potentially life-threatening conditions, including:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Pre-term birth and low birth weight in pregnant women
- Complications in patients with diabetes
- Certain forms of cancer, including oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, and cancer of the blood
- Respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Fortunately, it is possible to drastically reduce your risk of developing these and other complications with regular visits to our office for periodontal therapy.
Gum Disease Prevention & Treatment
Naturally, it is best to work toward gum disease prevention before the disease develops in the first place. It isn’t difficult to prevent periodontal infections; in fact, all it takes is a good oral health regimen at home and routine hygiene visits with Dr. Sanker and our team. During these biannual appointments, your teeth and gums will be thoroughly assessed and cleaned. The removal of accumulated plaque and tartar is a vital step in the process of preserving gum health.
If your oral health does fall victim to periodontal disease, we can help. With comprehensive periodontal therapy, Dr. Sanker can effectively halt the progression of the infection before it becomes worse. Periodontal maintenance visits are typically scheduled more frequently than routine hygiene checkups; most patients with gum disease visit us approximately every three months rather than every six. Dr. Sanker will develop a treatment plan that specifically targets your unique needs, providing you with all of the information you need to play a vital role in your continued oral health.