Routine and regular home care are paramount in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. This requires brushing and flossing them regularly at home, but there are some important elements of oral hygiene that can’t be accomplished effectively at home.
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A professional cleaning allows our hygienist to evaluate your current situation and develop a plan of action to treat and control the bacteria that live in your mouth that are responsible for gingivitis, cavities, and bad breath. Our hygienist removes the plaque attached to your teeth and removes stains from your teeth that brushing alone won’t resolve.
And finally, our hygienist will assist you by making recommendations for future preventive hygiene treatments.
“Get healthy gums for a healthy smile.”
“Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in America”
Periodontal therapy treats gum disease. If left untreated, it can be devastating and result in the loss of your teeth. With current knowledge and treatments, there is no reason why anyone should have to lose their teeth and end up wearing dentures. Periodontal disease is caused when uncontrolled bacterial infection extends deeper in the gums and bone. Teeth are lost either due to the infection or because they become loose after the bone goes away. There are different types of treatment protocols for periodontal disease depending on the severity of the disease and your individual risk factors.
“Did you know that your oral health has a huge bearing on your overall health?”
DO I HAVE GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease may affect some or all of the teeth and can range from mild to severe. All of the signs and symptoms of gum disease may not be noticeable to you at home. Many of the warning signs can only be found during a professional dental appointment.
If you notice red, puffy and bleeding gums when you brush and floss or bad breath that does not go away, you may have gum disease. During your professional cleaning appointment, our hygienist will complete a periodontal exam and take x-rays to help determine your condition.
WHAT IS GINGIVITIS?
Gingivitis occurs when the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth cause an infection in the gums. The gums become red, puffy, and bleed easily during brushing or flossing. Periodontal therapy treats gingivitis and helps prevent the development of periodontitis.
WHAT IS PERIODONTITIS?
Periodontitis is caused by the same bacteria as gingivitis but the infection has advanced to a point that it is causing damage to the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. It is critical to treat this more advanced form of gum disease to prevent further bone loss and possible tooth loss.
The accumulation of food, plaque and tarter on the teeth is a risk factor for developing both gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontal disease is highly individualized. Treatment options are dependent on each individual’s situation and our hygienist will discuss which treatment options will work best for your situation.
WHAT IS SCALING & ROOT PLANING?
Scaling and root planing are the bacterial control and mechanical removal of plaque, tartar, and calculus from the teeth. This is done to treat more advanced gum disease with a more thorough cleaning that requires you to be numb. Periodontal therapy may take anywhere from one to four appointments based on your individual needs and comfort.