When gum disease forms there is no cure, but routine care is necessary to help avoid tooth loss. What can you do to avoid the onset of gum disease, or prevent the later stages connected to missing teeth? In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will look at how we remove harmful buildup and protect your smile with a periodontal cleaning.
The Causes of Periodontal Issues
When gums become inflamed, this could cause them to feel sore, look red, and bleed easily when you brush and floss. Unless treated, the inflammation will worsen with time and the tissues may pull away from the teeth. This exposes pockets for bacteria to enter, causing gum disease. While gingivitis can be reversed, gum disease cannot, but treatment can help manage the disease to prevent tooth loss. Factors behind inflammation could include lack of proper brushing and flossing, and consuming foods and drinks high in sugar, which promotes plaque buildup. Other causes include smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products, inflammatory illnesses, the use of certain medications, or a family history of gum issues.
Warning Signs of Trouble
As we touched on above, you should let us know if the tissues around your teeth appear darker or redder than usual, or if they feel sore. If they bleed when you brush or floss, this could be a sign of trouble too. Swelling and recession could also mean you have an issue that needs periodontal treatment. Don’t let the issue grow more severe and threaten the stability of your teeth, talk to our team today to talk about possible solutions.
The Periodontal Cleaning Process
Often, a periodontal cleaning can reverse gingivitis, or help us manage the early stages of periodontal disease. Like a regular cleaning, this removes plaque and tartar, However, instead of just removing it from the teeth with a ultrasonic scaling device, we also remove buildup from the roots too. The process could take one visit, or up to four, depending on the extent of your inflammation. Afterward, we polish the teeth thoroughly. To protect your smile, we may suggest a regular cleaning every three to four months afterward. If you have any questions about how we fight periodontal troubles, or if you would like to learn how to help protect your smile form home too, then contact our team today. We want to help you keep your smile healthy and strong!
Do You Have Sore Gums?
If you encounter one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above, then let us know right away. To learn more about how we help keep gums strong and disease-free, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.