Gum disease can begin with soreness in the gums but has the potential to jeopardize both your dental health and systemic health. Often you can help prevent it from occurring in the first place by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly to remove harmful bacteria and by giving up all tobacco products. Sometimes it’s caused by factors beyond your control, such as heredity. Whatever the case, take it seriously from the first signs and seek out a periodontist for treatment of gum disease in Rockville, MD.
A board-certified periodontist with four decades in practice, Dr. Steven Rice has undergone years of training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. He offers five strong reasons not to delay treatment:
1. Gum Recession
Gum disease may cause your gums to recede, which can result in increased temperature sensitivity in your teeth and an uneven, unattractive gumline.
2. Tooth Loss
Your gums provide an invaluable protective barrier for your teeth. As gum disease progresses your gums can begin to separate from your teeth, leaving deep pockets between them. Tooth loss often follows.
Gum disease may start as gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums. Left untreated, it can reach the advanced stage of periodontitis, an incurable (though treatable) condition that may include jawbone loss.
4. Systemic Health Complications
Gum disease has been linked to such serious systemic health concerns as heart disease, stroke, cancer, pulmonary disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications.
5. It’s Not as Scary as You May Think
Dr. Rice is specially trained to provide LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), an FDA-approved laser gum disease protocol that enables him to instantly eradicate bacteria that cause the disease and precisely remove infected gum tissue. No scalpels or sutures are needed.
Have Infected Gums? Seek Expert-Based Care
Reserve your appointment with acclaimed periodontist Dr. Rice now at 301-881-5040.