With the instances of periodontal (gum) disease at over 50 percent in American adults, this condition is nearly an epidemic that impacts systemic health. Recently, research has linked gum disease to more overall health conditions every year. Some of them include:
- Heart disease
- Low birthweight babies
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Certain types of cancer
At McKnight Signature Dental, we recognize that periodontal health impacts the rest of your body and we take a comprehensive approach to your oral health in support of your overall wellness by working with trusted periodontists to ensure the best outcome.
Our Commitment to Your Health
You will receive a full periodontal evaluation to determine the current state of your gum health and to develop a personalized treatment plan to help you get on track if gum disease is present.
Personalized Gum Therapy
No two patients are alike, and we celebrate the diverse communities we serve. Just as each patient is different, our approach to their treatment is also unique. Our dentists and hygienists possess a wealth of knowledge and are passionate about sharing helpful information with our patients.
Early gum disease – In many cases, early gum disease, called gingivitis, is reversible with the appropriate care from our hygiene team and improved routine home care. Early signs of gum disease include bleeding, swollen gums.
Advanced gum disease – As gum disease advances and teeth begin to lose bone around them, the condition becomes irreversible and is called periodontitis. At that stage, often it is necessary to clean deep below the gumline to reduce gum irritation and promote healing. We collaborate with some of the top local periodontists to gain control of the infection and improve oral health
Signs of advanced gum disease include bad breath, inflamed and red gums, tooth mobility, and pockets between teeth and gums.
Our hygienists are gentle and thorough, giving patients a positive experience while making sure that patients understand how to best care for their teeth at home and how frequently dental cleanings will be necessary.
How to Prevent Periodontal Disease
Preventing gum disease requires a commitment to excellent home care practices and professional dental interventions.
- Brush teeth twice daily for two minutes
- Floss teeth at least once per day
- Maintain regular professional exams and cleanings
- Follow recommendations by your dentist
As people age, the instances of gum disease also rise. We work closely with senior patients to maintain healthy gums.
Other people are also at a higher risk for developing gum disease and sometimes need some additional support.
Pregnant women – Due to hormone fluctuations, expecting women often experience pregnancy gingivitis. Rather than avoiding the dentist during pregnancy (we know you have so many doctor visits during this special time), more frequent cleanings and extra diligence at home will protect you and your baby.
Patients managing diabetes – Good gum health becomes more challenging when combined with additional medical challenges like diabetes. Our team will help you keep your oral hygiene on track with a customized treatment plan.
Contact Us for Gum Therapy Information
We understand that many people have shame about the current state of their smiles. We approach dentistry without guilt or judgment and will work together with you to help you get your health back on track. Please call our Leawood dental office to make an appointment!