Treating Chaska Gum Disease with Therapy

The most common disease in the United States is not what you may think. Heart disease, stroke, or cancer come to mind, but actually gum disease is the single most prevalent disease in America. In fact, it affects more people than heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, and cancer combined. About 80% of the population has some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, periodontitis (advanced), and gingivitis (mild).

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support teeth, and it usually starts early in life, then progresses as a person ages. It all starts when plaque hardens into tartar (also called calculus) below the gum line. This irritates vulnerable soft tissues and infection can set in. Combined with decaying food particles lodged between teeth and bacteria emitted by plaque, the infection can spread quickly. Symptoms are so mild in the early phase, many patients don't recognize them: red, tender, swollen gums, bleeding when brushing teeth.

As the condition progresses, gums recede from teeth and pockets of bacteria form. The bacteria can destroy gum tissue and bone, causing tooth and bone loss.

Why is Gum Disease so Serious?

Recent research reveals that gum disease is linked to increased risk for major overall health problems, including but not limited to stroke, heart disease, respiratory problems, osteoporosis, diabetes complications, low birth weight, and most recently, dementia. Because of these findings, research continues. We may learn much more in the next few years.

It makes perfect sense, though – gum disease linked to overall health problems. Everything that enters or is present in the mouth has access to the whole body. The mouth is like a portal to the body. That's why regular checkups and hygiene visits are vital to not only oral health, but also overall health.

Is Gum Disease Curable?

Unfortunately, gum disease is not curable. However, we can detect early warning signs of gum disease at your regular dental checkups. At this stage, prevention might be as simple as changing your brushing technique, improving your flossing routine, or changing the products you use for oral care at home.

Once gum disease sets in, we can often treat it with non-surgical therapy including:

  • Scaling – to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
  • Root Planing – to reduce rough areas on teeth roots
  • Antibiotic Therapy – to battle infection
  • Laser Treatment – to remove bacteria and promote gum reattachment
  • Surgery – advanced cases may require the care of a periodontist, in which case we will refer you to a trusted colleague

Expect to attend more frequent hygiene visits so that a dentist or hygienist can monitor your condition and make sure that recovery is on track.

What is Laser Treatment for Gum Disease?

Combined with comprehensive periodontal therapy, a diode laser for soft tissue procedures can remove and reduce some periodontal infection. This type of treatment also promotes reattachment of gum tissue to teeth. Laser dentistry is precise and conservative in comparison to traditional therapies. Some patients do not even need anesthesia during laser therapy.

I brought my daughter, 10 years old, to the clinic yesterday. Was blown away by how east to work with all of the staff. Wendy at the front desk was wonderfully warm and inviting. The hygienist we had, Erin, was wonderful with my daughter. She was very engaging. We had Dr. Swingdorf as our dentist and he was amazing. Talked to my daughter instead of to me, which I LOVE! He addressed all of our concerns and was very approachable. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an outstanding dental clinic!

I want to state how fortunate I am - and I am certain everyone else of Dr. Meschke's patients - to have such an outstanding and most capable person as Dr. Tom Meschke as our dentist. I am certain Dr. Meschke has to be one of the very best dentists in the entire state of Minnesota. He is personable with his patients, he is genuinely interested in correcting and resolving your dental issue. I know he has made a big difference in my dental health from where I started with him about 20 years ago to where I am today which is in positive dental health. There are many good dentists in Minnesota, I am certain, but I do not believe that Dr. Meshke could be ranked below any of them. He is truly the best! - Steve W.

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Really enjoy coming in, the doctors and the entire staff are more engaged and concerned which makes the atmosphere much more friendly and less transactional. The atmosphere was only one facet that made the experience great, I went for a basic appointment but it felt tailored to my needs more so that with other dentists I've gone to. Would definitely recommend to friends and family - Christopher S.

Life changer for me! I had missing teeth and bone loss for years and Dr. Meschke came up with a plan for implants. I can chew with the right side of my mouth again for the first time in over 10 years! Our family of 9 is lucky to have him for a dentist. Professional, Innovative, Caring, & Affordable. Thanks Dr. Meschke!!! - Scott F.

Dr. Swingdorf, I wanted to thank you and Linda and the rest of Chaska Dental's staff for all your courtesy and care to make sure my dental and overall health continue to be excellent. - Camille

Thank you Dr. Swingdorf for your time and attention when I came in for my 6 month check up. I very much appreciate all you do for my and the health of my dental care. I cannot thank you enough!

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One too many kernels of Kettle Korn at the Twins game this past weekend. I called CDC first thing Monday morning and was in the chair for molar restoration within a half hour. Now that's accommodation. Thank you! Go TWINS!

As much as it is contradictory to say; You make dentist visits/work enjoyable! Thanks again and...I always refer my friends your way for a great dentist!

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Dear Tom, Thank you for your care and concern for me - I appreciate your professional pride in your excellent work - even when you make a patient wait. Thank goodness you did have new caps made. I LOVE MY NEW TEETH. Best wishes to you and your family - you are special. XOXO-Susan

The dental care from Dr. Meschke and his staff is the best I've received in my adult years. They are professional, thorough, and make the experience something to look forward to (which is a hard thing to do, given that it's dental work and generally, not an enjoyable experience).
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Just a note to say a sincere Thank You for the beautiful work you did on my front tooth, the "prettiest" tooth in my mouth. Yes, Betty, my sister-in-law was informed. I'll show it off Saturday at a wedding shower!
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