Gum disease is a major problem in the US today. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, more than half of all Americans 30 or older suffer from periodontitis. That means that approximately 64.7 million people are dealing with this disease and its aftereffects. Are you? If you haven’t had a checkup with your dentist in the last six months you very well could be. Periodontal disease can sneak up on you with very few symptoms until the problem is full blown and the infection has entered your bloodstream. Once the bacteria associated with gum disease enters your bloodstream it can lead to all kinds of problems from tooth and bone loss to rheumatoid arthritis, heart attacks, strokes, worsening diabetes, and certain types of cancers. At Summit Smiles we take gum disease very seriously. We use a long-term, minimally invasive, non-surgical gum disease treatment called PerioProtect®. Using PerioProtect allows us to apply the medicine to the diseased portion of the tooth with sealed mouth trays, without any surgery and with minimal discomfort! Click the Perio Protect logo to learn more about this process.
If you notice any swelling or redness in your gum tissue or any bleeding when you brush or floss, please come to see us right away. Periodontal therapy from Summit Smiles can clear away infection and stop gum disease in its tracks.