Gingivitis Leads to Periodontal Disease
At Cosmetic Dentists of Houston, we take gingivitis very seriously. Why? Because healthy gums are literally the foundation for beautiful, healthy teeth! And gingivitis is the first sign of periodontal disease.
Gingivitis, which means, “inflamed gums” is extremely common.
According to the American Dental Association, approximately 50% of Americans are affected by gingivitis¹, and many don’t even know they have it. People don’t realize that bleeding while brushing or flossing is never “normal” – they are symptoms of a bacterial infection you might be harboring in your mouth without even being aware of it.
Gingivitis is reversible, but if left untreated, it can advance to a much more serious problem: periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is an advanced bacterial infection living within your gums causing decay and demineralization of your teeth and bones. It is a leading cause for loss of teeth. Our registered hygienist Ashley conducts laser-assisted therapy that uses lasers to vaporize the diseased tissue and bacteria that cause periodontal disease.
Unhealthy gums can indicate important changes to your systemic health, and should not be ignored.
Periodontal disease has been related to many more serious systemic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, low birth rates, and even cognitive impairment.
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Do You Have Gingivitis?
Call 713-622-1977 or visit our Houston office for a Comprehensive Oral and Periodontal Health Consultation, and to learn more about our comprehensive gingivitis and gum disease protocol. Get all your periodontal and cosmetic dentistry questions answered by Dr. Amanda Canto, DDS.