At some point during their lifetime, nearly one out of every eight adults will suffer from some form of periodontal 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 for 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 doctors for a comprehensive evaluation and advice.
At The George R. Owino & Associates Dental Centre we offer treatments for periodontal disease depending on the stage of the disease and your overall health. They include:
- Desensitization of Teeth
- Scaling and Polishing
- Root Planning
- Alveolar Bone Graft, and
- Guided Alveolar Bone Regeneration
It is valuable to treat periodontal disease because it ensures that you retain your teeth in the jaw. So when you come to our Dental Centre for a check-up, our doctors 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.