Do you have gum disease? Well, it’s possible that you do and don’t even realize it. In fact, up to 80% of Americans have some level of gum disease, from gingivitis (mild gum disease) to periodontitis (severe gum disease). Research is performed all the time that makes stronger and stronger cases for the fact that gum disease can…
Do you have gum disease? Well, it’s possible that you do and don’t even realize it. In fact, up to 80% of Americans have some level of gum disease, from gingivitis (mild gum disease) to periodontitis (severe gum disease). Research is performed all the time that makes stronger and stronger cases for the fact that gum disease can increase the risk for other overall health problems. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, and pre-term labor are among these. As a founding member of AAOSH, the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, your Knoxville dentist, feels strongly about stopping gum disease early, or before it starts, with the least invasive and traumatic treatments possible.
Deep Cleanings and Dental Hygiene
Do you go to the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning? If not, now is the time to start. Your dental hygienist is as important to your dental health as anyone or anything else. When you have gone too long between appointments and your tartar buildup necessitates deep cleanings, your hygienist can help you. Dental hygienists are trained to teach patients about avoiding gum disease and other dental issues. They can offer tips on how to be effective with your brushing and flossing. If gum disease is already in full swing for you, a custom periodontal program can be planned to attempt to reverse the effects and avoid recurrence.
Some dental offices utilize something called an OralDNA test to determine your predisposition to gum disease. A second OralDNA test exists for people who already suffer with the condition. This test provides information that helps us target treatment to a patient’s unique situation. OralDNA tests, also known as salivary diagnostics, require a sample of saliva from the patient. This innovative assessment is a significant step forward for preventive dentistry and periodontal treatment planning, and doesn’t even use a needle.
Gum Disease Prevention in Knoxville
At our Knoxville family dentist’s office, we offer regular cleanings, deep cleanings, and OralDNA tests. If you would like to schedule an appointment to see the dental hygienist and Dr. Erpenbach, you can call 865-584-8630 and schedule an appointment at our 37919 dentist office. We welcome patients from Knoxville and the greater metropolitan area.