Besides the health of your teeth, your gums are equally important. The biggest threat to your gingival tissue is a preventable infection called gum (periodontal) disease. Although it can be avoided, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have a form of it. Thankfully, gum disease treatment in Satellite Beach can stop the damages of the infection in its early stages. You may need proactive planing and scaling to save your smile.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection that results from bacteria found in plaque and tartar accumulations from poor oral hygiene habits. In its earliest stage, called gingivitis, it causes your gums to become red, inflamed, and bleed. At this point, your family dentist in Satellite Beach can easily treat it with a deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planing. If you do not get treatment now, the infection will progress in severity.
Gum disease destroys the supporting structures of your teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. The oral bacteria can also enter your bloodstream, increasing your risk of several health issues, like cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and diabetic complications.
Your dentist can save your smile and prevent advanced stages of the infection with proactive planing and scaling.
What is Proactive Planing and Scaling?
Also known as scaling and root planing, the two treatments give your mouth a deep cleaning. Your dentist may apply a numbing agent to help minimize sensitivity before using a special tool to remove tartar and bacteria from below the gum line. Cleaning out the gingival pockets stops the spread of the infection.
Root planing is the final phase of the treatment, which uses a special dental instrument to smooth the surfaces of your roots. This prevents future buildup while also encouraging your gum tissue to reattach to your teeth to seal out bacteria.
Promote a Healthy Smile
Besides proactive planing and scaling, your dentist will also recommend changes to your home oral hygiene habits to prevent reinfection. It is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and tartar control toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Choose a high-quality dental floss to clean in between each tooth and around the gum line to remove plaque and bacteria left behind by your toothbrush. Your dentist may also recommend an antimicrobial mouthrinse to help kill harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Your home oral hygiene habits are effective in preventing gum disease, but they are not enough. You must also see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. If you have a history of gum disease, you may need more frequent appointments.
Do not let gum disease ruin your smile. Get the treatment you need with periodontal therapy.
About Dr. Merrill A. Grant
Dr. Merrill A. Grant has provided advanced dental services to the community for over 30 years. Besides general dentistry, he also offers many specialty services, like periodontal therapy. If you have gum disease, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.