Regular six month checkups are critical to your oral health and smile maintenance. During your biannual appointment, your hygienist provides a teeth cleaning that cannot be performed at home with a toothbrush. These appointments allow your dentist to check your smile and detect problems at their earliest stage. Cleanings remove harmful plaque and buildup that could lead to serious problems if left on your teeth too long. Your routine dental hygiene appointments help you avoid gum disease and keep your smile healthy.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a common problem. For most patients, gum disease manifests itself in tender, soft, and bleeding gums. Without proper periodontal care, red gums can escalate to bone and tooth loss.
Dr. Sarah Thompson offers gentle periodontal care that you can rely on at Dream Dentist.
The Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, and health issues can be risk factors for periodontal disease. Over half of American adults suffer from the primary stages of gum disease, and they are not receiving the treatment they need.
What are some of the symptoms of gum disease to watch out for?
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Bleeding and pain while brushing and flossing
- Receding gums
- Bad breath or bad taste in mouth
- Loose teeth
- Change in bite
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call our office right away to schedule an examination.
What to Expect from Your Periodontal Appointment
Reversing periodontitis can be simple if you seek treatment early. While some patients may require more aggressive periodontal care, most people suffering from gum disease can overcome the condition with deep cleaning procedures and better oral health habits.
During your first visit, Dr. Thompson will perform an exam and x-rays to assess the severity and stage of your gum disease. For mild cases, we may recommend a scaling and root planing process.
Scaling and Root Planing
During a scaling and root planing, your dental professionals will remove the plaque from above and below the gumline. They will smooth out the tooth roots to prevent further bacteria buildup. Dr. Thompson can make suggestions for your at-home care routine to ensure that your gum disease does not continue to progress.
It’s important to be aware of the health of your gums so that you can avoid the consequences of advanced gum disease. We provide comfortable treatments and oral hygiene education to protect your smile. To learn more, contact us at Dream Dentist today!