Choosing Proven Treatments

Treat Gum Disease with Tried-and-True Methods, Not Quick Fixes

Miracle cures, or quick fixes, have been around for centuries; certain foods, ointments, or potions have claimed to cure everything from hair loss to cancer. Marketed as quick, easy, and painless, these miracle cures are often not backed by science or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means that they may do more harm than good.

These Quick Fixes Are Everywhere

They exist in all areas of life. Similar quick fixes that claim to treat periodontal disease are no different. Though elements of these quick and easy periodontal “cures” may be FDA approved, there may be little or no scientific prof that they are effective in the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases. In fact, periodontal “miracle cures” may actually harm your oral health!

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It has been associated with the progression of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

What’s Wrong With Quick Fixes for Periodontal Disease?

If you opt for a treatment for periodontal disease that has not been backed by scientific evidence, it’s possible that the treatment won’t effectively treat (or could even worsen) your condition. Just because a treatment is deemed “new” or “innovative” doesn’t mean that it works properly or better than more traditional treatments.

By choosing the quick fix route first, your oral health may remain in poor condition and you may require additional treatment.

Ignore Quick Fixes and Miracle Cures

Instead of opting for a treatment that is not proven to work and could harm you further, a better idea is to schedule an appointment with a periodontist when you notice signs of periodontal disease:

  • red, swollen gums
  • tender gums
  • bleeding while brushing
  • bleeding while flossing
  • gums that are receding/pulling away from the teeth
  • loose or separating teeth

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What Is A Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and their education and experience allow them to effectively treat periodontal disease using clinically proven treatments such as scaling and root planing, soft tissue grafts, and regenerative procedures.

A periodontist will evaluate your unique condition, and offer the treatment that is best for you; one that is supported by both science and experience. Your periodontist can also answer any questions that you may have about alternate treatment options.

What If I Need Periodontal Work?

If you or someone you know is considering treatment for periodontal disease, do some research on the disease and its treatment. Perio.org has information about the latest research and treatment options available. You may also want to talk to friends or relatives who have had periodontal treatment and learn about their experiences. By learning about different treatment plans, you will be prepared to discuss your options with your periodontist.

Don’t Let a Quick Fix Ruin Your Health

Your health is invaluable. While quick fixes for periodontal disease and other ailments may seem like a good option, it’s a better idea to research treatment options and discuss them with your healthcare providers first. The discussion has the possibility of saving you time and money in the long run.

 

INFORMATION IN THIS BLOG IS A COURTESY OF PERIO.ORG, WHICH GIVES PERMISSION TO SHARE CERTAIN ARTICLES WITH THE PUBLIC. 

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PERIODONTOLOGY PATIENT PAGE IS A PUBLIC SERVICE OF THE AAP AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE CARE AND ADVICE OF YOUR PERSONAL PERIODONTIST AFTER A THOROUGH EXAM. THERE MAY BE VARIATIONS IN TREATMENT THAT YOUR PERIODONTIST WILL RECOMMEND BASED ON INDIVIDUAL FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES PER PATIENT. VISIT PERIO.ORG TO ASSESS YOUR RISK AND FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PERIODONTAL DISEASE.

 

Your Gums and Your Smile

Smiles Are Important

A smile is one of the most universally recognizable expressions. Smiling can demonstrate a person’s happiness, confidence, attractiveness, sociability, and sincerity. Unfortunately, the effects of gum disease or other oral tissue disorders cannot only be dangerous to your health and well-being, but can also have the potential to ruin your smile.

Periodontists Can Help

Luckily, periodontists are the experts in treating the tissues around the teeth. They have the know-how to treat the effects of gum disease or other oral tissue disorders and help improve your smile. There are a variety of periodontal cosmetic procedures than can improve and enhance the overall artwork of your smile.

Missing Teeth

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. In the past, the only options for disguising tooth loss were dentures and bridges. Nowadays, dental implants are a more natural looking option because implants look and feel just like real teeth. They also allow the patient to speak and eat with comfort and confidence.

During this procedure, a dental implant is attached to the root and after a healing period, an artificial tooth is attached. The result is a permanent replacement tooth that blends right in with the rest.

Root Coverage

Gum recession as a result of gum disease causes the tooth root to become exposed, which can make teeth look long and can prematurely age a person. In fact, the phrase “long in the tooth”, used to describe the elderly, is derived from this very reason.

A periodontist can fix this problem with a procedure called root coverage, or gum grafting. During this procedure, tissue from the mouth’s palate, or other synthetic materials, are used to facilitate coverage of the exposed root.

Gummy Smile

Periodontists also have the ability to fix a “gummy smile” when a person’s teeth appear too short. The teeth may actually be the proper length, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. Your periodontists can correct this by performing a procedure called crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. Think of it like pushing back the cuticles on a fingernail. The outcome is longer looking teeth and a winning smile.

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Smile for Happy Gums

A recent study published in The Journal of Periodontology found evidence that periodontal, or gum, disease may negatively affect an individual’s smiling patterns and deter someone from displaying positive emotions through a smile. So maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing daily and give your gums something to really smile about!

A Smile to Last a Lifetime

Your gums are an important part of your smile. They frame the teeth and play an integral role in the overall aesthetics of your everyday appearance. While taking care of them by brushing and flossing daily is the best way to maintain a healthy mouth, talk to your periodontist about the procedures available to maximize the potential of your smile.

 

INFORMATION IN THIS BLOG IS A COURTESY OF PERIO.ORG, WHICH GIVES PERMISSION TO SHARE CERTAIN ARTICLES WITH THE PUBLIC. 

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PERIODONTOLOGY PATIENT PAGE IS A PUBLIC SERVICE OF THE AAP AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE CARE AND ADVICE OF YOUR PERSONAL PERIODONTIST AFTER A THOROUGH EXAM. THERE MAY BE VARIATIONS IN TREATMENT THAT YOUR PERIODONTIST WILL RECOMMEND BASED ON INDIVIDUAL FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES PER PATIENT. VISIT PERIO.ORG TO ASSESS YOUR RISK AND FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PERIODONTAL DISEASE.