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What Is Periodontal Care?

August 31, 2022 10:24 pm

Periodontal care is geared towards preventing and treating gum disease. Taking care of your gums at home and at the dentist can help keep your mouth strong and healthy!

Periodontal Treatments

A patient’s gum health will dictate which kind of periodontal care would be most beneficial.

Healthy Gums

Healthy gums are firm, pink, and pain-free. They help anchor the teeth in place.

Periodontal care of healthy gum tissue is focused on prevention. Daily brushing and flossing dislodges harmful bacteria and debris that could injure the gums. Routine professional cleanings remove accumulated plaque and tartar that would irritate the gums. Additionally, a balanced diet that contains essential vitamins and minerals allows the body to repair damaged tissue and fight off infection.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis, or early-stage gum disease, is gum inflammation. The gum irritation presents itself as tenderness, bleeding, swelling, and redness.

Patients may benefit from a scaling and root planing treatment, also known as a deep cleaning. During this treatment, a trained dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of the teeth and gum line. During the cleaning, they will scrape off any plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. Then, they will use a special tool to recontour any receding gums to encourage them to reattach to the teeth and go back to their natural positioning.

You will also be counseled to improve your oral health habits. In fact, some cases of gingivitis can be reversed at home by daily brushing and flossing, rinsing with an alcohol-free anti-gingivitis mouthwash, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated with plenty of water, and avoiding tobacco products.

Periodontitis

Patients with periodontitis, or the advanced stages of gum disease, can have large gaps between their gums and teeth. They can also have significant tissue loss of the gums and the underlying bone.

Patients may need a scaling and root planing treatment as well as antibiotics and laser gum therapy. Laser gum therapy utilizes advanced technology to remove infected areas of the gum tissue, which will encourage healthier tissue to regenerate. Laser gum therapy can help retighten the gums so they will reconnect with the teeth and reduce the gap between the teeth and the gum line.

The negative effects of advanced gum disease cannot be reversed at home. While improved oral health habits are critical to prevent worsening of the condition, professional treatment is necessary to eliminate the infection and protect the remaining tissue.

How to Keep Your Gums Healthy & Avoid Gum Disease

If you aren’t brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each session and flossing daily, you are making yourself vulnerable to dental disease. When food debris sits on the teeth for too long, bacteria consume it and accumulate into a sticky substance called plaque. If plaque isn’t regularly removed, it will harden into tartar. Both plaque and tartar cause gum inflammation and irritation. To keep your mouth in tip-top shape, we recommend rinsing your mouth with water after eating, daily brushing and flossing your teeth at home, and visiting Jonesboro Family Dental for twice-yearly exams and cleanings!

Are you overdue for a dental checkup? Please contact our team at Jonesboro Family Dental office to schedule an appointment. We offer comprehensive dental care in Jonesboro, AR. We’d love to hear from you!

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