Periodontal care is important because if signs of gingivitis are caught early, it is completely reversible. We can diagnose you with gum disease by measuring the depths of your gum pockets with a probe and with the help of x-rays.
Deep cleanings are an excellent tool in periodontal maintenance that can completely reverse early-stage gum disease and get the infection under control in more advanced stages in preparation for additional treatment. People who are at higher risk for developing gum disease include diabetics, pregnant women, smokers, and teeth grinders.
By attending regular maintenance appointments, you can ensure that your gums are healthy and you don’t miss out on the crucial time window that can prevent irreversible bone loss and soft tissue damage.
Dr. Crosland will examine your gums and take x-rays to get a closer look at what’s going on. She will measure the depth of your gum pockets to determine if you have gum disease.
If gum disease has been detected, you will need a thorough cleaning. This may involve a deep cleaning that goes below the surface of the gums.
Depending on the severity of gum disease you have, you may require additional treatment. Dr. Crosland will discuss your options with you.
If you have advanced gum disease, you may require some form of oral surgery like gum grafts. These appointments will be scheduled as necessary and you will need to come back for follow-up appointments to ensure the infection is gone.
Having gum disease increases your risk of developing heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection in the mouth’s soft tissue. When you neglect your oral hygiene, you get plaque buildup which when hardened, turns into tartar. This leads to inflammation of the gums and leads to gum pockets that trap bacteria. Tartar can get into these pockets and cause an infection. In the early stage it is reversible, but if left untreated, will develop into irreversible periodontitis.
There are three main preventative measures to take against gum disease and that is to brush your teeth, floss, and attend regular dental visits. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste in circular motions. Brush for a minimum of 2 minutes twice per day and don’t forget your tongue. Don’t neglect to floss, which you should do at least once a day. When you don’t floss, you’re only cleaning ⅔ of the surfaces of your teeth. This leads to plaque buildup. Finally, the ADA recommends going to dental cleanings and checkups every 6 months to catch the early warning signs and to prevent gum disease.