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Periodontal Therapy in
Prairie Village, KS
Periodontal disease, often referred to simply as gum disease, is an infection of the gingival tissues that comprise the gums and hold the teeth in place. Gum disease develops as a result of plaque accumulation due to poor oral hygiene. Even a great home hygiene regimen – including brushing and flossing regularly – is not enough to keep periodontal infections at bay; regular visits to the dentist ensure that unseen plaque is removed from between teeth and beneath the gum line. At the office of Dr. Kevin A. Cattaneo, our team offers comprehensive periodontal therapy that not only works to manage gum disease, but also helps to reduce our patients’ risk of developing related health conditions.
Why is Periodontal Therapy Important?
Untreated periodontal disease has been proven to lead to severe gum recession, loosened teeth, and even tooth loss as bone tissue in the jaw deteriorates. In addition to these serious oral health concerns, gum disease has been linked to a variety of systemic conditions that are potentially life-threatening. These include:
- Difficulty controlling blood sugar in patients with diabetes
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Respiratory illnesses
- Coronary artery disease
- Cardiac infarction (heart attack)
- High blood pressure
- Certain forms of cancer, including cancers of the blood and pancreas
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Complications in pregnant women, including premature delivery of low birth weight babies
In order to help prevent these and other correlated health conditions, the bacteria that thrive within and beneath the gum tissue must be removed and the infection must be treated. Without periodontal therapy, these bacteria can spread via the bloodstream, causing damage to other tissues and organs throughout the body. Fortunately, gum disease treatment from Dr. Cattaneo can effectively halt the spread of the disease and prevent further damage, eradicating the infection and decreasing the chances of associated health problems.
Periodontal Therapy in Prairie Village, KS
Take control of your oral health and overall wellness with periodontal therapy at the Prairie Village, KS dental office of Dr. Kevin A. Cattaneo. We look forward to helping you improve the health and beauty of your smile with our comprehensive range of dental services in a warm and welcoming office environment. Our dedicated team proudly serves families from communities in Leawood, Mission, Overland Park, Merriam, Shawnee, Prairie Village, and more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.