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Periodontal Care

Side by side drawings comparing a healthy tooth with another tooth suffering from periodontal disease.Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a dangerous irritation and infection of the bone and tissues that support your teeth. It's known as gingivitis in the early stages and periodontitis in the later stages. Gingivitis makes the gums red and swollen, and they may also bleed. On the other hand, periodontitis creates chewing problems, loosens teeth, and draws the gums off from the tooth, ending in tooth loss. Brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits can help avoid gum disease. Visit Lombard Smiles to book an appointment for a gum disease checkup.

What are the Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance and Care?

Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque, a white film that accumulates on your teeth and can affect anyone. Plaque is made up of bacteria that produce harmful acids to your teeth and gums. If plaque is left on your teeth for an extended period, it hardens into tartar, a rough, porous coating. Plaque and tartar accumulation is preventable through regular brushing and flossing.

Despite your best efforts, plaque build-up is difficult to prevent, hence the need for expert dental cleaning. Deep teeth cleaning helps to get rid of all plaque and tartar, lowering the risk of dental cavities. Teeth cleaning also helps to remove bacteria below the gum line, which helps to prevent gum disease. Untreated gum illnesses can damage the bone tissues surrounding the dental roots, causing poor breath, unattractive gum tissue, and finally, tooth loss.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontitis is preventable by practicing good oral hygiene in your entire life. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed, is necessary. You should floss at least once a day, preferably before brushing. Flossing is important as it gets rid of all the food particles lodged between your teeth.

In addition, make an appointment with your dentist at least twice a year for normal checkups and cleanings. Those with a lot of dental issues must visit their dentist more frequently. Don't use tobacco products since they can harm your gums and lead to gum disease.

Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontitis is curable no matter how severe, but it takes a long time and requires advanced treatments. Deep teeth cleaning techniques such as root planing and scaling remove tartar and hard stains from your teeth's roots, where bacteria thrive. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to completely eliminate any gum infections that were not removed during your cleaning.

Your dentist will undertake flap surgery if the irritation is severe. The procedure assists in the elimination of sediments from beneath the gums. Bone grafting is advantageous for people who have lost bone because it aids in bone regeneration. Follow-up checkups are important because they allow your dentist to monitor your healing. If you aren't not recovering well, your dentist can advise alternative procedures. If you have any oral problems, visit Lombard Smiles for a checkup. Call us today at (503) 206-0550 for more inquiries.
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