Periodontal Treatment (Gingivitis)
Judith Barker, DMD is a skilled dentist in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease which is also known as gingivitis or simply gum disease.
There are many factors that may contribute to gum disease. These include:
- Hormonal Changes
- Poor Hygiene Habits
If not treated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss or even worse.
Periodontal Disease & Heart Disease
Did you know that people with gum disease are FOUR times more likely to be afflicted with Heart Disease than people who don’t?
That’s right. Recent studies at The University of Minnesota confirm that a chronic infection in your mouth (which is what Periodontal Disease is) allows the bacteria to enter your blood stream. These bacteria may cause blood clots and block your arteries, possibly even triggering a heart attack.
Other studies have shown that plaque bacteria entering the bloodstream through infected gums may also cause a potentially fatal heart disease called infective endocarditis. This is a bacterial infection which causes the sac around the heart to become inflamed.
Treatment and Prevention of Gum Disease at Short Hills Smiles
Dr. Barker may recommend different procedures, including root planing and scaling (deep cleanings), to prevent and treat the disease.
It is important to visit your dentist regularly to monitor potential gum disease. If you would like to schedule a check up or if you feel like you may be suffering from gum disease then call the number below or click on the button to set your appointment.