Gum disease. It might not sound serious, but it can actually be life threatening! Recent studies are showing that there are direct links between the pockets of hidden bacteria below your gum line and systemic issues such as cardiovascular disease, pancreatic cancer, osteoporosis, uncontrolled diabetes, and low birth weight babies among other things. It’s why we take the time to check the condition of your gums at every single visit.
If we do find that you have developed gum disease, our treatments include deep cleaning with ultrasonic scalers and antibiotic therapy with Arestin, an antibiotic placed inside the infected gum pockets in order to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease. Arestin is composed of tiny microspheres that can last inside the gum pocket for up to 21 days.