Can You Reverse Periodontal Disease?
A question I often receive from periodontal patients is, “can you reverse gum disease?”
Not only can you reverse gum disease, but it is now possible and routine at my Chicago and Indianapolis dental offices to reverse periodontal disease without surgery. The Reverse Gum Disease Program is a unique, patient-friendly training program that continues to be extremely popular with my patients. The program enables patients to eliminate gum disease and teaches them to maintain disease-free periodontal structures.
If you are interested in learning how to reverse periodontal disease, schedule a consultation today.
The Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease threatens the health not only of the gums but also of the teeth and bone supporting the teeth.
Many cases of gum disease are caused by poor oral hygiene habits. Not brushing and flossing leaves food particles and bacteria in your mouth, which can form a sticky film called plaque on the teeth. Although plaque can be removed by brushing or flossing, if left on the teeth for too long, it can harden into tartar, which cannot be removed through at-home oral hygiene practices.
The bacteria in plaque and tartar irritates and inflames the gums, causing the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. With gingivitis, the gums are usually red, swollen and bleed easily.
If left undetected and untreated, gingivitis can progress into the more advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis. During this stage, the gum tissue starts to pull away from the teeth and form pockets that can harbor additional bacteria. It is the body’s chronic inflammatory response that starts breaking down the bone and connective tissue supporting the teeth. Gradually and very softly the structures holding the teeth in place are destroyed. If not stopped, the teeth can eventually loosen and even fall out or require extraction.
In addition to poor oral hygiene, the following factors can increase the risk of gum disease:
- Tobacco use
- Advancing age
- Hormonal fluctuations in women (e.g., those that occur during pregnancy)
- Certain medications (including those that reduce the flow of saliva)
- Poor nutrition
Gum disease has been linked to other serious systemic health problems. For example, some studies indicate that people with gum disease are more likely to suffer from heart problems, diabetes and stroke. Women with gum disease may be at a higher risk of delivering pre-term, low birth weight babies. Compelling research indicates a strong association between gum disease and health problems beyond the mouth.
For the health of your mouth and your entire body, we encourage you to be diligent about your at-home oral hygiene habits and general health practices. Brush and floss daily, do not smoke and stay on top of routine dental check-ups and cleanings.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
One of the most obvious symptoms of gum disease is red, swollen gums. Other symptoms include tender or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, sensitive or loose teeth or gums that appear to be receding (or, as a result of gum recession, teeth that appear to be getting longer). Some cases of gum disease do not cause any noticeable warning signs, and can only be detected through a professional dental exam.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
If you experience any of these symptoms of gum disease, you should be evaluated by a dentist. In addition to examining your gums thoroughly and measuring the depth of any gum pockets with a flexible plastic probe, I will ask you about your medical history, lifestyle and any other factors that could elevate your risk of gum disease. I may also take X-rays to determine any bone loss.
Treating Gum Disease
My unique Reverse Gum Disease Program has made it possible for my periodontal patients to reverse their early to advanced gum disease without surgery. My patients continue to amaze me with what they achieve in this program. Teeth that would normally have been extracted have become healthy and stable. A major symptom of gum disease is enlarged periodontal pockets. With my treatment, gum pockets 5 mm to 13 mm deep have shrunk 2 mm to 8 mm without surgery, antibiotics, or medicated inserts. I know of no other periodontal program that has been able to attain these kinds of results.
I have over 340 periodontal patients who have attained my Periodontal Honor Roll i.e. they have been able to reduce their pocket depths by at least 20% and also have at least a 2 mm reduction in pocket depth in [95%+] of their diseased pockets. The important thing is when you reverse gum pocket depths, you have eradicated gum disease activity in these pockets. Even those patients who haven’t made my Periodontal Honor Roll are achieving better results than most patients in ordinary professional perio programs.
8 Facts You Should Know About Gum Disease:
- It is the main reason people lose their teeth after age 30.
- It is the main cause of bad breath and bleeding gums.
- Most patients find out they have gum disease years or decades after it has already started.
- A symptom-free and clean mouth may still have many areas of active gum disease.
- Most gum disease symptoms are minor nuisances and are usually painless.
- 60% of the plaque found in blood vessels comes from diseased periodontal pockets.
- Research has shown that elderly patients with active gum disease have a 40% greater chance of suffering a heart attack.
- Most dentists do NOT check gum pockets with a perio-probe unless asked.
Schedule your Consultation for Periodontal Care
To learn more about the effects of gum disease and the steps you can take to treat it, schedule a consultation with Dr. Raymond Hatland. Contact our Chicago Dentist office today by calling (773) 338-4440 or our Indianapolis Cosmetic Dentistry facility by calling (317) 257-0794.
For more information on the high-quality care provided by Dr. Hatland, take a look at our periodontal patient testimonials.