Periodontal Treatment in Portland

Gum Disease and Systemic Conditions

Couple Biking | periodontal treatment portland orYour oral health impacts your overall health in dramatic ways.

Research, especially over the last decade, has uncovered links between gum (periodontal) health and overall health. As research continues, scientists are linking more systemic diseases with periodontal disease with each passing year. 

Gum disease and the following conditions have been linked:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Low birth weight babies
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • COPD and other respiratory illnesses
  • Pancreatic cancer

By supporting healthy gums, our Roots Dental team hopes to generate better overall health and wellbeing.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

In most cases, periodontal disease occurs because of neglect. This may mean poor home care or missed dental cleanings.

Genetics, medication, and certain illnesses may also play a role in gum disease. It often runs in families, and like other infections, the bacteria can move from one person to the next. Encouraging everyone in your house to brush, floss, and have regular dental cleanings will support better overall health for everyone.

Even if you brush and floss your teeth each day, however, eventually plaque collects in the places your floss and toothbrush cannot reach. Plaque hardens into tartar, and a dental hygienist will need to remove it to avoid irritation and infection.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

man at dentist | gum treatment portland orHere are some of the signs of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding, red, or irritated gums
  • Recession near the gumline
  • Foul breath odor
  • Pain when brushing or flossing
  • Tooth mobility
  • Tooth loss

If you have any of the above symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment in our Portland dental office. In some cases, we can reverse the symptoms of early gum disease and eliminate the infection in just a few dental appointments.

How We Treat Gum Disease

When we design a hygiene treatment plan for our patients, we take your periodontal health into account. If you have signs of gum disease, we will often schedule a series of focused dental cleanings designed to remove tartar and bacteria and promote the healing of your gum tissue.

If you suffer from advanced gum disease, we can often use the assistance of localized antibiotic treatment, medicated rinses, and frequent dental cleanings to help you get back on track.

Our personalized approach to care will help you maintain a healthy smile and fresh breath. By working together, you can keep periodontal disease under control and reduce your risk for tooth loss along with the other health conditions associated with infection and inflammation.

Call Us to Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning

Whether you receive frequent cleanings or you have some catching up to do, we know you will find our hygienists gentle, thorough, and a wealth of knowledge about healthy teeth and gums. Call us at (503) 878-8702 to set up an appointment. We welcome new patients.