Periodontal disease identification – Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) seems innocent in the beginning stage, called gingivitis. Early symptoms include bleeding while brushing teeth, swelling of the gums, redness of the gums, or tenderness in gum tissue. By attending regular dental checkups every six months, you can avoid advanced gum disease. Our hygienists can teach you effective and easy brushing and flossing techniques or recommend a number of other adjuncts (tools) to deter plaque buildup, a primary cause of gum disease. These preventive measures will help preserve your gums for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Periodontal Therapy – If your gums show signs of periodontal disease in any phase, we will suggest more frequent visits for periodontal therapy that may include scaling, root planing, antibiotic treatment or referral to a periodontist or a periodontist if more aggressive treatment or periodontal surgery is required.
Commonly referred to as a “deep cleaning,” scaling and root planing is very different than a routine cleaning it is a therapeutic procedure designed to help treat and restore periodontal health. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of calculus, plaque, and stain on the crowns and root surfaces of teeth. Left untreated, this disease progresses to the ultimate loss of teeth.