Gum disease prevention starts with you.
As a dental team, our focus has always been on protecting not only your dental health, but also your overall health. For some time, we’ve known that gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults and affects up to 90% of people. We’ve also known that gum disease is progressive and worsens if it’s not treated.
Recent studies, however, have shown that periodontal disease has also been linked to a variety of health problems, including: heart disease, strokes, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and pre-term babies.
Your first line of defense against gum disease is brushing, flossing, and coming in for regular cleanings and exams. When you come in for an exam, we precisely measure and chart the depth of your gum pockets (the lower the number, the better).
At the first sign of gum disease, we’ll be proactive, and we may recommend one or more of the following treatments.
Different intervals for dental cleanings:
The latest periodontal research shows that an interval of six months between routine dental cleanings is too long for many adults. We may suggest switching your schedule to once every three or four months, which will help reduce the buildup of plaque.
Preventative – Laser Bacterial Reduction
Diode Lasers are now being used safely, and comfortably to decontaminate the gum tissue and pockets around the teeth prior to your dental cleaning as preventive care. The laser emits concentrated light energy, which vaporizes unhealthy bacteria. This procedure is called Laser Bacterial Reduction. More information here.
Periodontal Scaling and Root Planning:
If routine dental cleanings aren’t doing the trick, we’ll recommend “power cleanings,” also known as scaling and planing. These cleanings reach plaque that’s nested in deep periodontal pockets.
We can place localized antibiotics in the inflamed gum pockets around your teeth.
Gum disease surgery:
Surgical options for gum disease range from pocket reduction procedures to soft tissue grafts.
Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, loose teeth, pus, receding gums, and bad breath. If you’re experiencing any of these gum disease symptoms, please contact us immediately! If we can catch gum disease at its earliest stages, it’s far easier and less expensive to treat.