Periodontal Health

Lansing’s Periodontal Health Specialists

Bechtel Dentistry specializes in periodontal health, offering a full scope of preventative periodontal services and holistic treatment plans. We value the systemic connection between gum health and overall wellness, providing custom-tailored treatments for all of our Lansing patients.

The Periodontal Disease Process 

The dreadful story of periodontal disease. A little bit of plaque can lead to a little bit of gum disease. A little bit of gum disease usually leads to a little bit more. This is how gum disease progresses to losing teeth. In some individuals, this process can take months if really aggressive. In most adults, it takes years to occur. The problem with this is that typically when the loss of bone occurs around a tooth, it is permanent and non-repairable. So the best way to stop this process is to never let it begin in the first place. The other problem with gum disease is that you are usually symptom-free until it reaches a severe state and then the damage has been done. We can help you avoid this process or stop it where it stands. Give our office a call.

Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. It is also the most common infectious disease in the world. Research has shown that 35% of adults with teeth between ages 35 to 90 have Periodontitis, 22% have a mild form and 13% have moderate to severe disease.

The risk of periodontal disease increases with age. Although many teenagers and children show symptoms of gingivitis, they are more resistant to developing periodontal disease. Some children and teens may develop aggressive forms of periodontal disease where bone and tooth loss can occur very rapidly.

Recent studies also indicate periodontal disease may be a far more serious threat to your health than previously realized. Periodontal disease increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, respiratory disease, and cardiovascular disease. Untreated periodontal disease also worsens diabetes, osteoporosis, respiratory infections and causes the birth of premature, low birth weight babies in pregnant women with the disease. More adults lose their teeth to gum disease than any other dental condition.  Ironically, certain species of bacteria must be present for periodontal disease to develop. A healthy mouth is home to more than 650 species of bacteria. It is less than 5% of these bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Normally, the body keeps the harmful bacteria under control, however, in patients more susceptible to periodontal disease or those not practicing good dental hygiene, the bad bacteria can literally “take over”.

Harmful bacteria can invade the crevices between the teeth and gums, causing tartar to build up. Tartar is actually hardened bacteria that accumulate along the teeth and under the gums.

Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

Individual patients may also have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. Other factors contributing to the condition include:

  • Age
  • Inadequate dental care
  • Poor nutrition
  • Genetic factors
  • Cigarette and cigar smoking, snuff dipping, chewing tobacco
  • Certain medical conditions such as Diabetes
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Grinding / clenching teeth
  • Obesity
  • Lack of regular dental care

Schedule Your Dental Appointment Today!

Dr. Bechtel and our Lansing, Michigan dental team are committed to providing exceptional care and empowering our patients with information about their dental health. If you have any questions about our periodontal health services or would like to schedule an appointment, we invite you to contact us at 517-882-7132. Our holistic dentistry offers comprehensive treatments that promote overall wellness for our patients living throughout Lansing, Holt, Okemos, Mason, Grand Ledge, Dewitt, Haslett, Williamston, St. Johns, Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, East Lansing, and Potterville.