Preventing and Treating Periodontal Disease
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 70 percent of adults in the United States will experience periodontal disease by the age of 65. Because the earliest symptoms of the disease are often unnoticeable, many patients procrastinate to seek treatment. Without proper treatment, periodontal disease can become severe enough to destroy the gums, periodontal tissues, and jaw bone structure that support your teeth. Visit Lone Star Dental Care, our family dentistry in Frisco, for your bi-yearly cleaning to prevent periodontal disease.
What Is Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease?
If not appropriately cared for, gum disease-or gingivitis-can destroy the gums and jawbone that support your teeth. A lack of proper oral hygiene can cause a bacterial infection to set in, causing your gums to become red, swollen, sensitive, and bleed when you brush and floss your teeth; this can lead to periodontal disease as well.
Periodontal disease happens when there is a buildup of bacterial plaque on your teeth and gums. If periodontal disease is not treated, the plaque will calcify into tartar and will only be removable by a professional dental cleaning. If you have periodontal disease and you hold off seeing your dentist, your gums can become inflamed, red, and even bleed. Research shows that gum disease can be associated with other diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer, and premature birth.
Scaling and Root Planing for Periodontal Disease
A periodontal cleaning consists of scaling and root planing, which is a deep and more involved form of a professional dental cleaning. Both scaling and root planing involve carefully removing the bacteria from your roots and gums in order to prevent periodontal disease from worsening. Additionally, we smooth the teeth’s roots in order to diminish future bacteria buildup. This procedure performed at our family dentistry in Frisco can help keep gum disease from worsening.
Is Gum Disease Preventable?
With good oral hygiene and your bi-yearly checkups, you can reduce your chances of gum inflammation and periodontal disease.
Brush and Floss: Always brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Brushing once in the morning and once at night (before going to bed), helps control the amount of plaque on your teeth. In addition to brushing, make sure that you floss to help remove the food caught between your teeth, in places that a tooth cannot reach.
Visit The Dentist: If your gums are inflamed and are bleeding due to plaque buildup, it’s possible you are seeing the onset of periodontal disease. Dental cleanings once every 6 months can reduce the risk of the disease developing.
It’s important to look out for warning signs while you brush and floss daily. If your gums feel sore, look red, or bleed easily, you should contact Dr. Vahadi.
Contact Us Today
We want you to have a healthy and beautiful smile. Brushing and flossing daily helps keep bacteria at bay, limiting the potential for periodontal disease. As a family dentistry in Frisco, Lone Star Dental Care wants to see you twice a year. Dr. Vahadi will be able to inspect your mouth for signs of gingivitis, and will be able to enact treatment before the periodontal disease progresses. Contact us today to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Vahadi.