Periodontal disease is a common issue, one that impacts half of adults over the age of 30 according to the Centers for Disease Control. Without treatment to manage it, the disease could lead to later stages that cause tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about how we treat this issue and help preserve your smile.
The Causes and Dangers of the Disease
The disease occurs when the gum tissues become inflamed and nothing is done to reverse this development. The cause of inflammation varies, but could include plaque and tartar buildup brought on by poor oral hygiene, smoking or tobacco use, lack of dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar, a family history of the disease, or inflammatory illnesses and certain medications. Without treatment, this could grow more severe with time and eventually cause adult tooth loss. You should let us know when you experience common symptoms, such as bleeding gums, soreness or redness in the gums, or swelling or recession.
To help reverse gingivitis, or the inflammation stage, or to manage the very early stages of the disease, you may need a routine cleaning. This procedure is recommended every six months, and involves using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar. We then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance and smoother finish. This takes minutes and helps fight periodontal issues, as well as cavities, infection, discoloration, and bad breath.
Scaling and Root Planing
If gingivitis has formed and is more severe, or if you have gum disease, then we may need a more advanced procedure. A scaling and root planing uses the same technology to remove buildup from both the teeth and the roots. This could take one visit, or up to four if the buildup is severe. Again, we polish the teeth afterward. A routine clean visit may be necessary every three to four months following this procedure to help manage the disease and protect your smile from the later stages linked to tooth loss.
You can also safeguard your smile with good oral hygiene habits at home. Avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products, cut back on sugary and starch-rich foods and drinks, and also make time to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. You also need to floss every evening as well. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a visit, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Newhall, CA Dentist About Managing Periodontal Disease
We want you to not only avoid discomfort, but also avoid the onset of tooth loss. If you would like to learn more about preventing tooth loss by improving your periodontal health, then contact your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, by calling (661) 259-7760.