Healthy Gums Support a Healthy Body

Gum DiseaseYour Irving dentist, Dr. Jerry Dunn, understands that healthy teeth and gums play an important role in your overall health. You work hard to stay healthy; eating right, exercising and seeing your physician regularly to maintain good health and prevent serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Helping you avoid disease in your gums supports your healthy lifestyle.

Oral health plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body. In fact, medical research has suggested a link between periodontal (gum) disease and systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is a bacterial infection which causes damage to the gums and loss of bone surrounding the teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Gum disease begins with no symptoms or pain, and progresses over time, destroying more and more tissue. Gum tissue recedes and becomes swollen and reddened. Periodontal disease causes loose teeth in adults. Gum disease treatment becomes more difficult as the disease becomes more advanced. For this reason, early detection of the presence of destructive bacterial is extremely important.

Early Detection of Gum Disease

If periodontal disease is directly linked to these serious health conditions, then it makes sense to use a tool which can help identify your genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease as well as test for the presence of destructive bacteria in your mouth.

Dr. Dunn believes strongly that helping you prevent gum disease, and taking corrective action early, is an important part of his job as your oral health advocate. His special interest in your gum health has led him to offer technically advanced screening and treatment options, designed to halt the progression of disease in its early stages, before serious damage takes place.

Advanced Screening Prevents Tooth Loss

My Perio Path ® is a simple, painless test which identifies and measures certain bacteria present in your mouth. This test provides a method of early detection of gum disease which allows for intervention even before symptoms occur. In cases where gingivitis (early stage gum disease) and periodontal disease have been diagnosed, the test also helps identify destructive bacteria, which makes it possible to target gum disease treatment more effectively.

Periodontal disease requires targeted and effective treatment in order to halt the progression of disease and preserve oral health. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection which causes damage to the gums and loss of bone surrounding the teeth.

Make My Perio Path Part of Your Preventive Dental Strategy

Dr. Jerry Dunn strongly believes in early detection of periodontal infection. This is why he recommends the My Perio Path ® test as a part of your routine dental check-up. Dr. Dunn also recommends this test in advance of certain dental treatments, such as dental implants.

Testing for bacteria which could cause periodontal disease around a dental implant is an important step in planning for dental implant success. The failure rate for dental implants is very low, however, when dental implants do fail, it is often due to a periodontal infection. Eliminating destructive bacteria before a dental implant is placed helps produce more predictable outcomes and increases dental implant success.

As the art and science of dentistry continues to make advances, Dr. Jerry Dunn of Advanced Dental Care of Las Colinas remains committed to remaining on the leading edge of advanced dental technology. For more information about Oral DNA testing with My PerioPath ® and to schedule your dental exam, contact us.