Are you at risk for gum disease?

Quite naturally, your Walnut Creek dentist is excited about designing a beautiful smile just for you. But, to protect your health and ensure the longevity of your smile, your dental visits must also include constant monitoring for gum disease.

By first evaluating your risk for gum disease, an oral hygiene maintenance plan can be developed that is suitable for you. This plan may include routine cleanings, periodontal therapy, medicated mouth rinses, or nutritional advice. These recommendations will be intended to assist you in managing the state of your oral health more effectively.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a chronic infection that threatens the health of the tissues that support your teeth, especially the bone.  Once bone loss has occurred, your potential risk for eventual tooth loss increases significantly. You rate of risk is also influenced by contributing factors such as diabetes, heart disease, smoking, and oral hygiene.

From lowest risk to highest, periodontal risk is categorized in the following manner:

  • Low risk- Patients who exhibit minimal or no bone loss, and the same degree of gum inflammation represent the lowest risk for periodontal disease.
  • Moderate risk- An increase in gum inflammation, the presence of gum recession, and moderate bone loss represent a moderate increase in the potential for future oral health complications.
  • High risk- Patients who have excessive bone loss, severe inflammation, and/or advanced recession must take particular care to protect the teeth.

The damaged bone and gum tissue that result from periodontal disease is irreversible without professional care. Even with the most ideal periodontal therapy, the risk for periodontal disease cannot be completely eliminated. Fortunately, your dentist in Walnut Creek can offer treatment solutions that can reduce your risk as much as possible. Then, moving forward, your level of periodontal risk will be taken into consideration in the planning of your future restorative and cosmetic treatments.

Learn more about your risk for gum disease by scheduling a dental examination today.