Dr. Bruce Wilderman provides basic periodontal care during every dental cleaning and examination at his Philadelphia, PA, practice. In addition, he can perform scaling and root planing in combination with laser dentistry to stop gum disease in its earliest stages. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that negatively affects the soft and hard tissues within your mouth. When detected early, side effects are generally treatable and reversible. At Artistic Expressions Dentistry, Dr. Wilderman believes in providing the latest dental techniques and treatments available to make care more comfortable and help patients achieve healthier and more attractive smiles.
Why Preventive Periodontal Care Is Important
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that attacks the gums and supportive bone tissue. If left untreated, it can negatively impact the tooth roots and lead to significant tooth loss and jawbone regeneration.
According to studies conducted by the American Dental Association, your oral health has a direct impact on your overall physical health. When tooth decay and gum disease are left untreated, they can lead to serious health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Since Dr. Wilderman checks for periodontal disease during every dental exam, preventive care every six months can help protect your long-term oral health, and add years to your life.
What Causes Gum Disease?
The number one leading cause of periodontal disease is poor oral health. However, it has been known to affect even those who follow the most diligent oral hygiene program, especially if there is a family history of gum disease. Other causes include smoking, age, hormone imbalance, medications, and a weakened immune system.