Periodontal disease—which you know better as gum disease—is a common oral health condition. It’s so common, in fact, that as much as 80% of the population may have some form of it. Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Red or tender gums
- Frequent bad breath
But a lack of these symptoms doesn’t mean you’re gum disease-free. In some cases there are no symptoms, meaning there are patients who have gum disease without realizing it.
All of which makes regular visit to Horsham Dental Elements very important. During a regular visit to our Horsham or Philadelphia office, Dr. Henkel can thoroughly assess your oral health to check for signs of gum disease and a range of other common conditions.
If we find signs of gum disease, Dr. Henkel can provide effective periodontal therapy with laser dentistry. Periodontal therapy with a soft-tissue laser is more comfortable than traditional therapy with a scalpel, and is more efficient too. What’s more, therapy with a laser doesn’t require stitches and comes with a much shorter recovery time.
Why Is Treating Periodontal Disease Important?
Not treating gum disease has serious implications for your oral and overall health. On the oral health side, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. On overall health side, medical studies have linked gum disease with a wide variety of serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, among others.
Schedule Your Next Visit Today!
How long has it been since your last checkup with Dr. Henkel? Call our Horsham or Philadelphia office today if you need to schedule a visit. With our comprehensive services, we can meet a wide variety of important general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry needs.