Preventing Gum Disease in Anchorage
At Excellence in Dentistry, we know how important your smile is and we realize our patients want smiles that are bright, beautiful, and healthy. This is why we offer dental hygiene services to make sure the brightness in your smile never fades away–and is never marred by a missing tooth. Bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, these are the enemies of beautiful smiles, and at Excellence in Dentistry, it is our goal to restore and maintain your oral health.
If you are looking for a dentist in Anchorage who can be a champion for your oral health, please call (907) 349-0022 today for an appointment at Excellence in Dentistry.
Passionate Partners for Periodontal Health
All of us at Excellence in Dentistry are passionate about helping you to attain and remain in optimum dental health. This starts, first and foremost, with your gums and the underlying bone. Millions suffer from gum disease--nearly half of all adults--but it often goes undetected until it causes significant problems and bone loss. This is because many don’t think they have gum disease since they don’t see or feel it. With a comprehensive dental exam, we can diagnose gum disease as we see the signs and symptoms of disease. Having regular visits for professional cleanings with one of our hygienists is the best way to ensure your oral hygiene is in top shape.
Our dental hygienists here at Excellence In Dentistry are highly trained professionals that are here to help you keep your teeth. Their tooth cleaning and periodontal therapies, adjunctive services with CAMBRA and CariFree cavity susceptibility testing are designed to assist you to keep your teeth for your lifetime. In addition to their caring and gentle tooth cleaning skills, they have been highly trained with dental diode lasers to very comfortably and precisely aid in your care to get you the best dental health possible. We are proud to say our hygienists are the only hygiene team in Alaska to hold the prestigious credential of Certification with the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
At Excellence in Dentistry, Dr. Burke, Dr. Johnson and team not only promote the best in patient care and dental services, but also take great interest in patient education. We know that prevention is better than cure, so we work hard to educate our patients on how they can prevent gum disease. We also offer you ADA-approved home care products, a Fresh Breath Center and an “In-House Store” to purchase the dental products not readily available in Anchorage, Alaska.
Why You Need To Get Your Gums Checked Now
Several factors contribute to periodontal disease: plaque buildup, heredity, and lifestyle choices. By far, the most controllable factor is bacterial plaque, the sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria. Bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers that bond gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, and more bacteria and toxins hide, flourish, and destroy your gums and teeth. Over time, this process can affect not only gums, teeth, and bone within the mouth, but also overall health. Bacteria in your mouth will be inadvertently ingested and will pass through your bloodstream, and this can compromise your whole-body health. Not only that, but your body’s immune response (often described as chronic inflammation) can be damaging not only to your gums, but to your body as a whole.
Because of the multiple avenues for gum disease bacteria to enter your body and wreak havoc, gum disease has been linked to many serious health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Autoimmune disorders
- Cancer, including oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer
Because of these serious health consequences, treating gum disease not only helps you stay healthy, it helps you save money on healthcare, possibly thousands of dollars each year.