This is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease also know as gum disease.
At some point in their life time, nearly one out of every eight adults will suffer from some form of gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in Kenyans over 18 years old. The preliminary stages of gum disease are commonly referred to as gingivitis and are marked by swollen gums that bleed easily and persistent bad breath. Without prompt and vigorous treatment, the disease can spread, posing a serious threat to not only your smile but also your overall health, upping the odds to everything from heart attacks to premature pregnancies.
Because gum disease begins below the gum line, early detection is difficult. Many symptoms are barely noticeable at first and you may not experience any discomfort until the disease has progressed to its later stages. If you notice that your gums are bleeding easily or your teeth are getting progressively loose or your breath is getting foul or your teeth are getting sensitive to hot or cold drinks, these may be some of the signs and symptoms of gum disease. If you have any of these symptoms you should consult our dentists for a comprehensive evaluation and advice.
At our dental clinic, we offer treatments for gum disease depending on the stage of the disease and your overall health. They include:
- Scaling and Polishing
- Root Planning
- Desensitization of Teeth
It is vital to treat gum disease because it ensures that you retain your teeth in the jaw. So when you come to our dental clinic for a check-up, our dentists will thoroughly examine your gums for any possible problems and if they discover the disease early enough, they will minimize and even reverse the disease’s potentially devastating effects.