Published: 06/14/2019

You know that healthy gums have a major role in maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile, but if you are like most people, you do not think much about them unless they are swollen and bleeding. Unfortunately, those are the first signs that your gums are infected. Dr. Steven N. Rice, a periodontist who treats gum disease in Rockville, MD, with laser gum surgery, stresses the importance of early detection. Dr. Rice informs patients of the damage that prolonged gum disease can do, not only to your oral health, but also to overall health.

Recognizing Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum irritation or inflammation
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Teeth that shift or move
  • Bone loss

Gum Disease and Systemic Disease

Gum disease has been linked with heart disease, stroke, respiratory ailments, dementia, and diabetes, as well as certain types of cancer. The presence of gum disease can increase your risk of developing these and many other illnesses. How is this possible? When the bacteria infect your gums, it results in inflammation, which is part of your body’s natural immune response. When the infection goes untreated, inflammation persists indefinitely. This presents a constant strain on your immune system, leaving your body weaker and less able to fight off other illnesses.

Fortunately, treating gum disease in its earliest stages does not require surgery. It can be a simple matter of antibiotics, deep cleaning, or laser treatments. Even in advanced or severe cases of gum disease, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) can be utilized as an alternative to traditional gum surgery in order to provide patients with greater comfort and convenience.

If you are concerned about systemic disease or gum disease in Rockville, MD, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven N. Rice. We can restore the health of your gums and have you smiling again in no time.

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