Managing Gum Disease With General Dentistry

November 11, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control have released studies showing half of adults in the United States suffer from some stage of periodontal disease. Without treatment, this issues could cause soreness, bleeding, and even increase the risk of tooth loss. Fortunately, your Olathe, KS, dentists know how to manage this serious oral health issues with general dental care.

The Causes of Periodontal Disease

The issue begins with initial inflammation. When the gingival tissues become inflamed, they begin to appear red, feel sore, and could start to bleed more easily. Eventually, they pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets. As bacteria enter these pockets, periodontal disease could form. Unless managed with routine care, the disease could enter a more advanced stage known as periodontitis, which attacks the tissues connecting your teeth and gums, and increases the risk of tooth loss. The cause vary, but have been linked with plaque buildup, poor oral hygiene, the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products, and lack of routine dental cleanings.

Treatment With a Deep Cleaning

To help reverse the early inflammation, known as gingivitis, or to better manage gum disease to prevent periodontitis, we may suggest a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, the procedure involves carefully removing plaque from the surfaces of the teeth and from the roots as well. We use both an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. The process could take between one and four visits, depending on the extent and severity of the buildup. We then polish the teeth, providing a brighter appearance. Along with improving periodontal health, the procedure also freshens breath and helps brighten smiles too.

Preventive Actions

What can be done to avoid the disease and lower the chances of requiring a deep cleaning? First, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, once when you wake up and again before going to bed. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste when you do. We also recommend flossing before bed too, as this removes food caught in between the teeth and along the gum line. Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks which feed harmful bacteria is helpful too. You should avoid tobacco products, and make time to see us every six months. A checkup and cleaning enables our team to keep a close eye on your gingival tissues, and to also provide a cleaning to completely remove all harmful plaque and tartar before you require a scaling and root planing.

Do You Have Questions About General Dental Care?

We understand that good periodontal health means a lower risk of painful symptoms and tooth loss. For more information on preventing or managing gum disease, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.