It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis, in some cases, can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) and host of other health problems.
The foundation for one's teeth is formed by the gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth. Without proper oral hygiene and maintenance, this delicate system will become compromised resulting in periodontal, or gum, disease. Gum disease can cause bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn’t always stop there. You oral health is the beginning point for your whole body’s health and wellness. Regular dental cleanings are essential in prevention and control of this disease, and allow us to stop the problems before they can start!
Periodontitis is caused by a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between your teeth and gums. Over time this buildup hardens into a tarter called calculus. Your body recognizes calculus as foreign, causing your bone to recede from it. This bone loss is why gum disease causes teeth to loosen before eventually falling out. Your dental hygienist is trained to remove this calculus, reduce gum inflammation and prevent further bone and tooth loss.
After your initial treatment, it is important to maintain regular cleaning to prevent recurrence and progression of the disease. Periodontal treatment typically involves containing the infection through deep cleaning like scaling and root planing, clearing buildup at the root of the teeth. We may also suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses to best suit your periodontal needs.
We examine you for gum health at every 6-month check-up. If you have been experiencing any symptoms like bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, please let us know. We will decide what is the best form of treatment to restore your gums to optimum health.Back