Gum disease will affect approximately 75% of American adults at some point in their lives. This can be as simple as minor irritation caused by early gingivitis or a major dental issue in the form of receding gums and gums that bleed when brushing. While most patients suffering from the early stages of gum disease can be treated successfully by Dr. John Cranham, DDS, advanced gum disease may require more extensive treatments.
Dr. Cranham seeks to educate his patients during preventive care visits on the early warning signs of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Receding gums
- Loose Teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Persistent bad breath
Patients in the Chesapeake, VA area who see Dr. Cranham will also benefit from the use of laser dentistry in the treatment of gum disease. Dr. Cranham offers this as part of periodontal therapy, which is the treatment of the gums to restore them to optimal health. Laser dentistry enables patients to receive treatments that previously required surgery for repairing soft tissues, such as the gums, allowing Dr. Cranham to remove diseased portions of the gum with less swelling and bleeding. Gums will heal more rapidly with the use of laser dentistry.
Why are healthy gums important?
Dr. Cranham emphasizes the role that healthy gums play in our overall health. It has been found in recent studies that there is a correlation between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, including stroke. They have also found links between gum disease and diabetes. Your dental health has been proven to have an impact on overall health, and the health of your gums has a direct impact on your dental health- this is why Dr. Cranham takes the time to address gum disease and educate his patients on at-home oral hygiene.
If you have noticed any of the above mentioned signs of gum disease, or need to get back to the routine of preventive care, contact Dr. Cranham to schedule an appointment.