Periodontal Health (Gum Health)
Gum disease used to require oral surgery more often than not. While surgery is still sometimes the best option, we can now treat many cases with less invasive techniques first. According to MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, about 80 percent of U.S. adults currently have some form of gum disease, ranging from gingivitis to serious periodontal disease. The prevalence of gum disease increases with age as teeth wear down, gums naturally recede and medications affect oral changes. If your gums feel tender or look red and swollen, you may be at risk for gum disease. Other signs are bleeding and/or receding gums, sensitive teeth and persistent bad breath. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and more serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
- Surgical & Non-Surgical Treatments for Gum Disease
- Deep Cleanings & Local Antibiotics
- Soft Tissue Laser Treatments
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if it’s caught early enough. We use the VELscope® oral cancer screening device to detect lesions before they produce any pain or symptoms. Digital x-rays also aid in the detection of oral cancer by enabling our doctors to see possible tumors and other problems associated with the jaw.