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E. Taylor Meiser, DDS, PA
More Than Just a Cleaning
Lighthouse Family Dentistry
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More Than Just a Cleaning

More Than Just a Cleaning

A large number of the people who call the dentist just want their teeth cleaned. Most people don’t understand that, while clean teeth are usually healthy teeth, what goes on below the gumline is really as much, if not more, important as what you can see.

Periodontal disease, formerly known as pyorrhea in the advanced stages, is found in some form in over 75% of the U.S. population. Chances are, you have some areas of gum disease in your mouth. How can you know? See your family dentist.

Periodontal disease comes in many forms and many stages, from simple reversible gingivitis (bleeding gums) to advanced generalized periodontitis (pyorrhea with pus, bone loss and loose teeth). A key fact to note about periodontal disease is that it is a progressive disease. It starts off in the mild form and just gets worse and worse unless it is recognized and treated.

Regular dental checkups and cleanings can prevent or arrest periodontal disease. Early periodontal disease can be effectively treated by your family dentist. If more seriously diseased areas are discovered, then referral to a periodontist (gum specialist) will be recommended.

Periodontal disease should never be ignored. It will not go away on its own. It will only get worse. Periodontal disease should not be taken lightly either. Recent studies have strongly linked periodontal disease with heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy problems.

So when you come to see your family dentist for just a cleaning and the hygienist and/or doctor tells you that you have signs of periodontal disease which requires more than just a cleaning to treat – listen and get the treatment you really need.

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