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Did you know that an estimated 80-85% of adults have gum disease, or periodontal disease, to varying degrees of the disease? Should we pay attention to this? You bet! Gum disease is the leading cause for tooth loss! Recent research has even linked gum disease to increasing the risk of heart disease and strokes. Given that gum disease is the number one chronic infectious disease in the world that should definitely get our attention! Our professional team at Dental Associates of West Michigan knows exactly what to do to help you not only prevent gum disease, but to treat it in a gentle, non-invasive way, with non-surgical treatment options, such as cleanings and antibiotics, if needed.

Non-surgical gum treatment is a conservative approach to treating gum, or periodontal disease. It is certainly the treatment of choice for a patient who might be afraid of surgery, or simply wants the most conservative, non-invasive treatment. It also meets dental standards of care in the treatment of mild to moderate gum disease. Several appointments with your dentist may be needed to thoroughly treat the pathogenic bacteria that is causing the disease.

Optimally, the diagnosis of gum disease should occur in the very early stages, making regular dental check-ups a priority.

The earlier gum disease is caught, the more successful, and less invasive treatment can be. Also, a thorough medical history of the patient is a must, as certain conditions, medications, and heredity factors can alert the dental team to be on the lookout for early signs of gum disease. Analysis can even be done of suspicious areas of the gums, and bacterial growth identified – and thus treated with an antibiotic that the bacteria is sensitive to, for an appropriate length of time for bacterial growth to be destroyed. Quick, painless, and effective!

Please fill out the form to request an appointment at Dental Associates of West Michigan if you believe you may have gum disease, and they will be happy to answer your concerns with a convenient appointment and personal consultation.