We all do a lot more kissing at the holidays. It’s a time when we like to pass the spirit of the season on with hugs and kisses of all kinds, for loved ones new and familiar!
Whether it’s a quick peck on the cheek or something more special, you don’t want your kisses to keep someone at arm’s length because of bad breath. Bad breath can just be the result of something you recently ate or drank. But it could be a symptom of something more serious, such as a periodontal disease like gingivitis or periodontitis. You’ve probably heard of both of these dental diseases, but what are they, and how do we treat gum disease in Mill Creek?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums which, when left untreated, can progress to periodontitis, a more serious gum disease where the infection has spread to the tissues and bones that support your teeth. The cause of most periodontal disease is bacterial plaque on your teeth. One of the first symptoms of periodontal disease is halitosis, or bad breath. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. A recent study of nearly 2 million dental patients has validated that there is a link between gum disease and diabetes. The inflammation and bacteria of gum disease can increase blood glucose, making it more difficult for diabetic patients to manage their blood sugars. Links between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even low birth-weight infants have also been observed.
Dr. Brian Rutherford uses the latest advanced technology to treat gum disease. The soft-tissue diode laser and ultrasonic scaler are not only among the most thorough treatments for gum disease, but they’re also the most gentle and comfortable for our patients. Dr. Rutherford also uses topical antibiotics that are formulated specifically to treat bacterial dental plaque.
If you live in or around Mill Creek in communities like Snohomish and Everett, call the Mill Creek dental office of Dr. Brian Rutherford at 425.298.3925 for a checkup and consultation, especially if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease. Maintaining good dental health is part of everything you do for your overall health and well-being.
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