Have you ever noticed that some people have a very “gummy” smile?  Most people don’t know that this can be corrected, often times with a short procedure that actually reduces the amount of gum tissue and increases the tooth size.  There are various causes of short teeth or gummy smiles, so an assessment can determine what the source is and what the recommended treatment would be.

Because periodontal infection grows under your gums, you can have no symptoms at all.  More advanced cases can have some of the following symptoms:

-Red, swollen or tender gums

– Spaces between the teeth,

-Tooth sensitivity to hot/cold

-Loose or shifting teeth

-Bad breath

-Missing teeth

-Deep pockets around the teeth

-Receding gums

Because of the growing understanding of the role of periodontal disease in other systemic health problems, systemic antibiotics as an adjunct to mechanical instrumentation is becoming increasingly popular.  The fact is, adjunctive systemic antimicrobial therapy has been used for many years, mostly by clinicians treating localized gum disease in adolescents or in gum disease that has not responded to traditional therapy.   Although antimicrobial sensitivity testing is the most effective means in selecting an appropriate drug, medications such as arestin or atridox have been shown to be effective adjuncts to mechanical therapy in patients with mild to moderate periodontitis.

Periodontal infection grows in “bursts of activity”.  It is likely that are periods where no disease occurs and periods when more destruction of the bone take place.  This infection eats away at the bone that supports your teeth (eventually leading to tooth loss).  If not treated there can be a number of consequences.  If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss,  When periodontal infection gets into the bone around your teeth, it can also then enter the bloodstream.  From there it travels to other parts of the body and can contribute to medical problems.  Recent research has found that patients with periodontal disease are more than twice as likely to have disease and strokes.