Without good oral hygiene habits and regular visits for checkups and cleanings, your smile could become at risk for periodontal disease. Periodontal disease not only causes uncomfortable symptoms, but could lead to adult tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about our treatments for preventing or managing periodontal disease.
The Link Between Poor Health and Periodontal Disease
When we don’t brush and floss our teeth daily, and we consume a diet high in sugar and starch, this leaves behind particles for harmful oral bacteria to consume, which creates plaque and tartar buildup. The buildup then irritates and inflames the tissues to cause gingivitis and even gum disease. Other factors include the use of certain medications, inflammatory illnesses, tobacco use, and a family history of periodontal concerns. You may experience sore, red gums, or possibly bleeding and recession. When these symptoms arise, let us know right away! Treatment is crucial for avoiding the late stages, which are linked to adult tooth loss.
Management at Home
You can take steps at home to help safeguard your gums and prevent the onset of disease or the late stages of the disease. For example, try to cut back on sugar and starch in your diet, and instead add items high in vitamin C and D. Take time to brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and also floss every evening before going to bed. These actions remove particles before bacteria can consume them. Avoiding tobacco use is helpful too! You not only fight poor gum health, but they keep cavities and infections at bay too.
Prevention and Treatment
Our team could also help! With routine cleanings every six months, we remove harmful plaque and tartar deposits and layers from the teeth. If you already have the symptoms of the disease, then our team could discuss a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, so we can remove the buildup from the teeth and beneath the gum line too. The process is more involved than a traditional cleaning and could take between one and four visits in some cases. But afterward, we can help manage the disease with a simple cleaning every three to four months.
If you have any questions about how our team improves your periodontal health and prevents issues like tooth loss, then contact our team today.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT OUR PERIODONTAL TREATMENTS
The right care can keep your smile healthy, comfortable, and whole. If you would like to find out more about limiting the risk of poor gum health, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.