Gum Disease Prevention
How easy is it to prevent gum disease? Much easier than you may think! The first step is to eat a balanced diet low in sugars and carbohydrates. Plaque is one of the biggest factors in gum disease, and a healthy diet can help prevent the buildup of plaque. If you use tobacco, talk with our dentist and your primary healthcare provider about strategies for quitting.
Your home oral healthcare routine plays an important role in keeping you gums healthy. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day. Our dentist can recommend a toothpaste and mouthwash that will promote periodontal health.
Finally, visit our office for your regular dental cleanings and exams. These visits give us the chance to remove the plaque and tartar from your smile. Your checkup also allows our dentist to look for potential problem areas and begin proactive treatments.
Gum Disease Treatments
Periodontal, or gum, disease is a degenerative dental condition caused when the bacteria in plaque infect and inflame the gum tissues. During each of your regular dental appointments, our dentist and team will check your mouth for signs of this condition to ensure that you can receive treatment as soon as possible.
Commons signs of gum disease include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Gums which bleed easily
- Loose teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Persistent bad breath
- Gum recession
We strongly recommend that you practice good oral hygiene and visit our office regularly for preventive care. This will help minimize your risk of developing gum disease and ensure that the condition can be diagnosed early if you do develop it. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to bone loss, gum recession and tooth loss. In addition, this condition has also been linked to systemic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, our dentist will carefully evaluate your mouth to determine which type of treatment or combination of treatments will provide you with the best results. Treatments we may recommend include antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), improved at-home oral hygiene and gum surgery.
Contact our office today to find out more about gum disease treatment and schedule your appointment with our dentist.
Scaling & Root Planning
Scaling and root planing is the most commonly used treatment for patients who are in the beginning stages of gum disease. This procedure is a two-step treatment:
- Scaling: In scaling, we remove the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth with handheld or ultrasonic instruments.
- Root Planing: Root planing involves smoothing rough spots on the roots of the teeth and removing any toxins to decrease inflammation of the gum tissue.
The purpose of scaling and root planing is to remove the bacteria, plaque and tartar that are responsible for the progression of gum disease and causing damage to your smile. The process usually involves little to no discomfort, but our dentist may recommend several anesthetic options if you are highly sensitive or would like to feel more relaxed during the treatment. Scaling and root planing can be done in a single visit, but depending on your condition, our dentist may recommend multiple sessions to help ensure the protection of your oral health.
You may receive other periodontal treatments in addition to scaling and root planing, depending on the severity of the infection. However, scaling and root planing is usually enough to treat most patients who are suffering from gum disease. To learn more about how scaling and root planing can benefit you, please call or visit us today!
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1207 Davie Ave.
Statesville, NC 28677