Here at Red Rock Periodontics & Implantology, Dr. Leavitt and the rest of the team work hard every day to help people enjoy improved oral health. This year, August 6th marks National Fresh Breath Day, an occasion we can all agree is pretty important. Believe it or not, fresh breath is actually an oral health issue. Chronic bad breath can be caused by a range of factors, including the presence of gum disease in Las Vegas, NV, area patients. If you frequently experience bad breath even after normal dental hygiene, speak with periodontal specialist, Dr. Leavitt. Gum disease is a problem that can lead to many other health concerns but it can be treated successfully.
Gum Disease Affects More Than Your Mouth
Recent research is showing that gum disease may have a profound effect on the rest of the body and can increase or exacerbate issue with:
- Heart attacks
How does a problem in the gums lead to or influence disease in other parts of the body?
The Progression of Oral Infections
Gum disease (periodontal disease) begins when an excessive population of harmful bacteria begins to flourish in the mouth; this is usually caused by poor oral hygiene. Over time, gum tissue becomes tender, swollen, and sensitive; one indication of gum disease is that gum tissue bleeds when scratched lightly. This irritated gum tissue begins to recede from the enamel surface of the tooth, revealing the sensitive dentin layer underneath; many people with the early stages of gum disease may experience tooth sensitivity. An infection of the gum tissue sets in as the bacteria moves deeper into the interior structures of the gum and tooth. Small pieces of infection can enter the blood stream, which is a problem for people who are at risk for a heart attack.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, a periodontist who is a specialist in periodontal gum disease, Dr. Leavitt will help you get the condition under control. Advanced gum disease can be treated with laser gum surgery; we use the BIOLASE WaterLase® iPlus™ 2.0, a special laser system developed especially for addressing periodontal disease. This gum treatment is minimally invasive and virtually pain-free. Schedule an appointment at Dr. Leavitt’s office in Las Vegas, NV located conveniently near Summerlin, NV and Spring Valley, NV, for yourself or a family member by calling (702) 984-2577.