Common Health Risks Associated with Gum Disease

Gum Disease Health Risk Assessment

You may not be worried about gums that occasionally bleed when you floss, but if this occurs routinely, and your gums also appear red and swollen, it’s time to seek an evaluation. Tender gums that bleed easily and often may be a sign that you have gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, encourages you to schedule a consultation if you’re experiencing symptoms to avoid common health risks associated with untreated gum disease.

 

Why Is Gum Disease Dangerous?

Gum (periodontal) disease is caused by bacteria that accumulate beneath the gum line and the periodontal pockets surrounding teeth. The resulting gum inflammation and infection can lead to receding gums, destruction of vital bone, loose teeth, and tooth loss. Most concerning is the link between advanced gum disease and other chronic diseases: systemic inflammation.

Scientific evidence increasingly points to the relationship between the chronic inflammation of periodontal disease and the aggravation of underlying conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. Untreated gum disease not only destroys your oral structures—it can have a significant and dangerous impact on your body, too.

Gum Disease and Diabetes

Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease, most likely due to their susceptibility to infection. Similarly, the presence of gum disease can make it more difficult to control blood sugar and can lead to diabetic complications.

Gum Disease and Heart Disease

The presence of gum disease nearly doubles an individual’s risk for heart disease and puts them at a significantly greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Some research has shown oral bacteria can travel throughout the body and cause inflammation of the heart’s blood vessels, which may lead to a sudden cardiovascular event.

Gum Disease and Arthritis

Both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis are inflammatory conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own joints and tissues, causing painful swelling and inflammation. Certain evidence points to the possibility of the immune system being further stimulated by chronic oral inflammation.

How Our Periodontist Can Reduce Your Risk

With specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, is considered a gum disease expert and an ideal choice for your treatment. Along with providing targeted procedures, including laser therapy, she can also triage for medical consultation, so you receive comprehensive treatment of oral and systemic inflammation. She will work closely with your primary care doctor to help get your gum disease under control and reduce your risk for systemic complications.

 

Have Symptoms? Don’t Wait to Schedule!

Early detection and treatment of gum disease are critical for your long-term oral and physical health. If you have tender, bleeding gums that are starting to pull away from your teeth, contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness for an evaluation with Dr. Anderson. Schedule online or call our Bloomfield Hills, MI office at (248) 480-4910 today!

5 Ways to Help Prevent Gum Disease

Dental Patient Brushing Their Teeth

Gum disease is one of the most dangerous oral conditions, affecting the health and function of your gums, bone, and teeth. If left to progress, gum disease can have dangerous long-term consequences for both your oral and physical health, including tooth loss and complications with systemic diseases. Whether gum disease progresses to dangerous stages depends on how carefully it’s controlled.

The good news is, it’s possible you can prevent this chronic condition altogether! Dr. Lauren Anderson, our board-certified periodontist, is a specialist in gum disease diagnosis and treatment. She provides 5 helpful ways you can prevent gum disease:

 

  1. Brush and Floss Daily

The primary cause of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is a buildup of bacterial plaque and tartar on the teeth that infects the gum tissues. The best way to prevent this buildup is by brushing properly twice a day and flossing once a day. It can be beneficial to also use an antibacterial mouthwash or water flosser to better ensure you’re removing food debris from on and between the teeth.

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet

Foods that contain high amounts of sugar and starch can leave large amounts of sticky residue on your teeth. Similarly, sugary drinks, like soda or juice, can find their way into any crack or crevice in the tooth enamel. Replacing unhealthy foods and beverages with a diet rich in nutrients is not only good for your physical health but can improve your oral health, too. A healthier immune system is also better at fighting off gum infection.

  1. Control Systemic Disease

Numerous studies show a link between periodontal disease and systemic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. The bacteria that cause gum disease can travel throughout the body and aggravate underlying conditions already present. Similarly, certain systemic problems like diabetes, make you more susceptible to developing gum disease. Controlling systemic diseases as best you can helps control gum disease too, or prevent it altogether.

  1. Quit Smoking

Nicotine in cigarettes and tobacco products can weaken your immune system, which increases your risk for gum infection. It also decreases your body’s ability to heal, making it more difficult to manage gum disease once you have it. The best solution is to quit smoking or using tobacco to prevent more serious problems and advanced stages of gum disease.

  1. See a Gum Specialist

Maintaining routine preventative appointments with a dentist or periodontist is also crucial in the fight against gum disease. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Anderson is considered a gum expert and specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease. Even if you’re experiencing minor symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, seek her expertise for your care. In the first stage, gum disease can be prevented, but only through specialized treatment.

 

Concerned About Gum Disease?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, or have other questions about your oral health, don’t wait to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson. Her expertise in periodontal treatments means you’ll receive minimally invasive and targeted treatment, with a predictable return to optimal oral health and function. Make your appointment at Anderson Periodontal Wellness in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI today by scheduling online or calling (248) 480-4910.

Signs That You Are at Risk of Gum Disease

Dental Patient Suffering From Gum Disease Systemic Diseases

Its unfortunate to say, but gum disease is an all too common problem millions of people are affected by. This disease affects the gums and soft tissues of the mouth, compromising the gum tissue, jaw bone, teeth, and can potentially spread to surrounding areas of the mouth and body. In fact, gum disease has been linked to systemic health concerns like heart disease and diabetes! If caught early, gum disease can be treated and the mouth restored to proper health, but if allowed to advance, patients will have to live with gum disease for the rest of their life and require routine periodontal maintenance appointments to maintain health.

 

Three Stages of Gum Disease

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced Periodontitis

 

Symptoms to Look for That May Signify Gum Disease

  • Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are one of the most obvious signs of gum disease. If you find that your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, or even eating, then your gums might be affected. The bleeding is often caused due to inflammation and buildup of plaque around the gum line.

  • Swollen, Red Gums

Gum tissue should appear a light pinkish color when healthy. But when afflicted by gum disease, the gums will puff up and turn a bright red color. This is also due to the inflammation of the tissue and will often appear side-by-side with bleeding gums.

  • Constant Bad Breath

If bad breath is a concern even after brushing teeth and using mouth wash, then infection may be present in the gum tissue. Diseased gum tissue is the cause of this bad breath and the only way to truly improve the breath is to seek gum disease treatment to remove the infection.

  • Receding Gums

If teeth begin to appear longer or show discoloration along the gum line, then you are likely suffering from receding gums. This means that your gums are pulling away from the teeth due to the bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup on them. Eventually, this compromises the health of the teeth, making them easily damaged and looser.

  • Toothache

Your teeth should never hurt. If they do, there is likely infection and cavities present. This is caused by the bacteria and plaque that was building up around the teeth, which has broken through the tooth enamel and is compromising the inner tissues of the tooth.

 

Do You Show Signs of Gum Disease?

If you are experiencing one or more of these gum disease symptoms, call today to schedule an appointment! If you want to learn more about gum disease and the treatment process, contact Dr. Anderson in our Office in Bloomfield Hills, MI at (248) 480-4910 today for a consultation.

Know the Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

Patient in Pain

Have you been noticing that your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Or that they seem more swollen and tender? While many people pass these symptoms off as normal, they are most likely signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Even if your mouth appears healthy, knowing the common symptoms of gum disease can help prevent the condition from developing or worsening. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, is an expert in gum disease treatment. She encourages patients to be aware of the signs of gum disease and to be proactive about scheduling routine appointments.

 

Watch for these 3 common symptoms of gum disease:

  1. Tender, swollen gums

Healthy gums lay flat against your teeth, with a natural hue ranging from pink to dark purple. If bacterial plaque isn’t properly removed from the teeth, the irritated gums will start to appear red and swollen. You may also experience gum tenderness and even tooth sensitivity.

  1. Bleeding gums

Gum tissue irritated by the bacteria from plaque buildup will also bleed easily during brushing and flossing. This is one of the most common symptoms of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Luckily, if caught early, this stage can be stopped so it does not progress and harm your smile.

  1. Receding gums

Gum recession is another sign that gum disease may be present. If bacteria are infecting the gums, they will begin pulling away from the teeth, creating pockets that can easily trap more harmful bacteria.

 

Think you may have gum disease?

Dr. Anderson specializes in diagnosing and treating gum disease. With years of training, specialized experience, and her masters degree in the field, Dr. Anderson can help treat your symptoms and restore health to your gums and smile. A proponent of minimally invasive treatment, Dr. Anderson uses advanced technologies like the BIOLASE® WaterLase Express™ and Epic X™ dental lasers to provide predictable and safe treatment. Using these protocols, you can expect a superior level of care, a comfortable procedure, and a quick recovery.

Schedule your appointment

Reserve your consultation with Dr. Lauren Anderson to discuss gum disease treatment in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule today.

3 Great Benefits of Laser Gum Disease Treatment

Patient undergoing Procedure

If you need gum disease treatment, you’re most likely looking for the most comfortable and safest procedure. Thanks to today’s advancements in medical technology, laser gum disease treatment is a great option. This modern protocol is the minimally invasive alternative to traditional osseous surgery. Advanced laser gum therapy is performed by Dr. Lauren Anderson, our board-certified periodontist who has advanced training and experience using the BIOLASE® WaterLase Express™ and Epic X™ dental lasers.

 

You can expect these three benefits, and more, receiving laser gum therapy:

  1. More comfortable treatment and healing

Using the laser gum disease protocol, Dr. Anderson can provide predictable treatment and a high level of accuracy with the dental lasers. This pin-point precision and elimination of scalpels or sutures help patients experience a more comfortable procedure and recovery.

  1. Helps preserve soft tissue and bone

Dental lasers are not cutting tools. They use light energy to gently vaporize diseased tissue and bacteria from around the teeth in the periodontal pockets. This helps keep healthy gum tissue and bone intact. The preservation of more hard and soft tissues also helps accelerate healing.

  1. Promotes faster, healthier healing

As part of the laser gum therapy protocol, Dr. Anderson also uses the dental laser to stimulate the formation of a blood clot. This clot helps the gums reattach to the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from entering the site. With minimal inflammation and bleeding, patients recover quickly and can generally return to normal activities within a few days of the procedure.

 

Why choose Anderson Periodontal Wellness?

Dr. Anderson is board-certified in periodontics and specializes in diagnosing and treating gum disease. With training in advanced technology like the BIOLASE dental lasers, she provides predictable and comfortable gum disease therapy. With excellence and precision, she can help return your smile to proper health and function with minimally invasive laser treatment.

Schedule your appointment

Reserve a time to talk with Dr. Lauren Anderson to learn more about laser dentistry for treating your gum disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule your appointment today.

How Gum Disease Treatment Can Bring A Smile Back from the Brink

It is more difficult to smile when the gums or “gingiva” begin to change color, swell and recede exposing longer less esthetic teeth. Gum disease is asymptomatic and as a consequence, many people are unaware they have a gum infection that is leading to loss of bone and teeth.  Though gum disease can inflict irreversible damage, gum disease treatment from an experienced periodontist in Bloomfield Hills, MI can help restore your smile. Take a look at how gum disease treatment can help rebuild your smile.

Scaling and Root Planing

The film on teeth known as plaque eventually harden onto roots to form calculus under the gum reducing the efficacy of brushing and flossing. At this stage, a more involved teeth cleaning procedure is necessary to carefully remove the hardened plaque, the trigger for gum disease initiation. Left untreated, the bacterial plaque continues to cause bone loss and move even further down the root of the tooth. This creates bacterial pockets between the gum and tooth that leads  to bone loss in these locations.

Scaling and root planing, also known as a “deep cleaning,” targets calculus built up below the gum line. During the procedure, this hardened plaque will be carefully removed from the roots of your teeth. Subsequently, the roots of your teeth will be smoothed over so that the gums reattach uniformly and the depth of your periodontal pockets are reduced. In more advanced cases, minor surgical procedures are required to reach bacteria that cannot be reached during a scaling and root planing appointment.

Laser Gum Therapy

Laser gum therapy is a minimally-invasive solution for addressing gum disease. During laser gum surgery, Dr. Anderson will use a dental laser to eradicate pathogenic bacteria to help preserve the healthy tissue. The discomfort from the procedure is minimal and often times sutures are not required after the procedure is complete. There are cases that are suitable to laser with debridement and also those that require laser use with a surgical approach. Dr. Lauren Anderson will tailor your therapy to effectively address the disease using the least invasive option available.

More on Gum Disease Treatment in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Reserve time to talk with Dr. Lauren Anderson DDS, MS to learn more about your options for correcting your gum disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI by contacting Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910.

Laser Dentistry: Laser-Focused on Defeating Gum Disease

laser dentistry and gum disease

To address severe cases of gum disease, there isn’t a better combination than an experienced periodontist and traditional periodontal treatment. However, for less severe cases, there is a less invasive option for removing bacteria to preserve the healthy areas of the gums. Get to know laser dentistry and find out why you might opt for laser therapy for your next dental procedure.  Dr. Anderson uses the state of the art BioLase ER/CR:YSGG laser for various periodontal procedures to provide patients with a minimally invasive option.

Just About Pain-Free

With your periodontist using a finely tuned and highly accurate laser to carefully debride diseased gum tissue, you can expect a pain-free procedure and most commonly only mild pain and minimal bleeding at after laser gum therapy.

More Efficient

Armed with a dental laser, a skilled periodontist can precisely remove the etiologic factor of gum disease – pathogenic bacteria and associated toxins – they’re targeting.  Because of how precise and accurate dental lasers are, sutures are typically optional to adapt gum tissue into place after your procedure.

Rebound

Although each patient has sight variations in anatomy and systemic health, most patients report a short recovery period after laser gum therapy making this procedure an appealing option. With minimal bleeding and need for stitches, many people recover from laser gum surgery in Bloomfield Hills, MI in roughly 24 – 48 hours.

Considerations

Minimally invasive gum surgery is efficient, effective, nearly pain-free and it provides for a quick rebound after your procedure. It is important to keep in mind that in severe cases of gum disease conventional gum surgery is the most predictable way of reaching periodontal stability.  To keep laser gum therapy available as an option to manage your gum disease, be sure to stay in contact with your periodontist office to catch small problems before they grow into much bigger issues.

More Ways to Fight Gum Disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Take a moment to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson at Anderson Periodontal Wellness to learn more about your options for treating gum disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI.