Healthy teeth and gums are part of the foundation of good overall health. We want to help you meet this goal, by helping you to keep your teeth and gums in the best possible condition, thus reducing the need for future periodontal treatment. Comprehensive preventative care is made up of a combination of thorough cleanings and regular examinations. This needs to be a continuing process, at frequency intervals that are suitable and appropriate to each patient’s oral health.
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that adheres to tooth structure and is teeming with bacteria. Over time, plaque becomes calcified (hardens) and at this stage, it becomes what is called calculus. Plaque and calculus are actually irritants to the tissues of your mouth. The reaction of your body to the irritants and the subsequent gum inflammation, gum recession, bleeding and eventual bone loss around the teeth constitute periodontal (gum) disease. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis (which is reversible) and is characterized by bleeding gums, especially when one brushes and flosses. If the disease is not addressed, it will progress to periodontitis, which is far more destructive, and is characterized by further gum deterioration, bone loss, and ultimately tooth loss.
Our hygienists use a state-of-the-art ultrasonic and hand scalers to clean teeth and remove plaque and calcified deposits. After a cleaning, you will receive helpful guidance on the optimal way to keep your teeth clean and properly maintain your oral hygiene.
Gum disease is one of the most common reason for tooth loss in adults, and because it is virtually pain free, and many patients do not know they have the disease. However, there are often obvious signs that gum disease is occurring, such as bleeding gums, swollen, red or tender gums, and of course, gum recession. Research has also indicated that gum disease may be linked to several other diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Hence maintaining healthy teeth and gums has become more important than ever.
Good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations are essential in the prevention and early detection of gum disease.