Gum disease plagues millions of Americans, but we’re helping change that. Our hygienists go out of their way to thoroughly clean teeth, as well as educate our patients on homecare methods that will prevent gum disease from forming. Patients with gum disease benefit from our non-surgical treatment methods, which battle infection, eliminate mouth odor, and revive oral health.
A chronic infection of the gums, periodontal disease stems from poor oral hygiene. Bacteria build up in the crevices between teeth, releasing toxins and deteriorating gum tissue. If left untreated, gum disease can ultimately cause tooth and bone loss. In fact, 70% of tooth loss can be attributed to gum disease. Since the mouth serves as a portal to the rest of the body, gum disease has been indicated in more serious chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Many patients neglect symptoms of gum disease, which tend to be mild like sore, swollen, or bleeding gums. If you notice a change in your gum tissue, you should visit Dr. Philipps immediately. Early stage gum disease, called gingivitis, can be resolved with careful oral hygiene. There is no cure for advanced-stage gum disease (periodontitis). However, we can provide treatment, such as deep cleanings and antibiotic therapy, to keep it from spreading.
Since 2000, Midland and Odessa-area families have trusted Dr. Philipps with their smiles. Call today to reserve your checkup, consultation, or second-opinion visit. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and developing a lasting relationship built on trust and integrity.