- Are you concerned about the freshness of your breath?
- Do you have bad breath?
- Has a dentist or hygienist ever said that your gums are weak or you have gingivitis?
- Have you ever had your teeth scaled or deep cleaned by a hygienist?
- Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth?
- Do you smoke or use tobacco products?
- If any of these apply to you, the chances are great that you have some form of gum disease (periodontal disease).
Gum disease is the most prevalent disease in adults, and the US Surgeon General estimates that 85 percent of adults have some form of gum disease. More adults lose their teeth to gum disease than cavities. This serious condition must be addressed, as it can affect your overall health. There is a correlation between gum disease and conditions such as heart disease, cardiovascular health, strokes, and diabetes.
Gum disease can progress slowly and silently with no visible signs and symptoms to the patient who has it. This makes it very important for patients to visit their dentist regularly for examination and to spot the early signs of periodontitis. Dr. Kim is able to provide a thorough examination for new and existing patients to check for oral health and diagnose any conditions early enough for successful treatment.
Dr. Kim may start treatment with a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing. This treatment is also known as deep cleaning as it removes tartar, plaque, and toxins that develop on the teeth and underneath the gum line. After this, he may suggest a treatment called Perio Protect. This medication is administered through custom fitted trays that are worn over the dental arch at home. The medication kills the bacteria that cause progression of periodontal disease and can be a great help in conjunction with deep cleanings and improved at-home dental care.
If you believe that you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of gum disease, now is the time to seek treatment. Call Dr. Kim at (708) 349-3990 today to schedule a consultation appointment and a thorough physical examination to receive a proper diagnosis and start planning for the future of your smile!