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Maintaining good periodontal (gum) health through effective dental hygiene can not only improve your smile, it can also help support your overall well-being. At Family Care Dentistry, our compassionate doctor and staff take the time to understand each individual patient's needs. This allows us to provide treatments and strategies that can maximize your oral health based on lifestyle habits and other unique factors. Dr. E. Mark Wade has prided himself on educating patients about the importance of dental hygiene and periodontal health at his Mesa, AZ, location for more than 25 years. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and learn more about how Dr. Wade can help you and your family maintain healthy teeth and gums through proper hygiene.

Effects of Neglected Periodontal Health

If we neglect our periodontal health, it can often have a negative effect on more than just our teeth and surrounding tissues. Research has shown that common gum disorders like gingivitis are often associated with significant health problems like cardiovascular disease and diabetes later on in life. Many doctors believe that diseased gums can lead to joint and bone disorders like rheumatoid arthritis by causing inflammation in other areas of the body. Additional research suggests that infected oral tissues may increase the spread of bacteria throughout the circulatory system, which can increase a patient's risk of developing heart disease. While some debate continues regarding the exact causes and effects, experts generally agree that basic cleaning and prevention strategies — like consistent at-home care and routine dental exams — can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and improve your general well-being. 

Treating Common Gum Conditions

Gingivitis is one of the most common periodontal conditions found in patients. Thankfully, Dr. Wade can often effectively treat and prevent it and other types of gum disease and infection through basic oral health strategies and techniques. Gum inflammation is typically caused by a buildup of bacteria along the gum line. When these types of conditions go untreated, they can eventually lead to a more serious type of infection known as periodontitis, which may increase a patient's risk of heart attack or stroke.

If you are suffering from gum inflammation, swelling, or bleeding, we will first examine your brushing technique and offer tips for cleaning more effectively. Depending on the degree of infection, we may perform a periodontal cleaning to access the hard-to-reach areas closer to the tooth roots. Dr. Wade will also take your unique lifestyle factors into consideration to help identify additional treatment options. To maintain periodontal health after treatment, patients should practice proper oral hygiene at home and schedule regular dental cleanings.

Contact Us to Learn More

Dr. Wade strives to improve the life of every patient he sees through dentistry. Effective hygiene routines can help you and your family maintain oral health and support your overall well-being. Whether you are seeking cosmetic, restorative, or general dental treatments, we offer a wide range of solutions to meet your needs. To learn more about how we can help improve your periodontal health, contact Family Care Dentistry today and schedule an appointment.

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