Do you have bad breath, bleeding gums, or loose teeth? If so, you may have periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) affects one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over. It is a bacterial infection that attacks the bone and gum tissue that surrounds your teeth. Without early treatment, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss as well as other serious health problems.
One of the big problems with periodontal disease is that it doesn’t just affect your teeth and gums. Whatever is happening in your mouth also affects the rest of your body. This can lead to problems like heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other diseases.
Gum disease is an infection that damages gums and the bone that holds your teeth in place. Typically, it develops due to a lack of conscientious brushing and flossing and putting off routine dental exams and cleanings.
Gum disease starts when plaque builds up between the teeth and under the gum line. If we don’t take steps to treat the disease, pockets open up between your teeth and gums. This can cause your teeth to loosen and, without treatment, they may be lost.
We’re committed to making sure all our patients receive personalized treatment that fits their specific needs. Whether you currently have gum disease or you just want to maintain a healthy smile, we offer the type of cleaning you need.
Routine dental cleanings should be a part of everyone’s oral health care routine. When combined with proper at-home oral hygiene and a healthy diet, regular professional cleanings are your best defense against developing gum disease. For most patients, we recommend these routine cleanings twice a year.
These cleanings are for patients who currently have periodontal disease. This procedure is also referred to as scaling and root planing. It involves clearing away the bacteria and smoothing the surface of the teeth. The hygienist will irrigate the affected area with an antibacterial rinse to get rid of any remaining bacteria. In order to reduce any discomfort, the hygienist will often numb the area to be treated.
Once you’ve been treated for periodontal disease, we will recommend more frequent cleanings to closely monitor the condition of surrounding gum tissue and bone. These follow-up cleanings allow us to identify any potential problems and adjust your treatment as appropriate.
Our goal is to ensure that you always receive the highest standard of care available today. For more complex cases, we will refer you to a highly experienced periodontist. A periodontist is a specialist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease.
If you’ve noticed a change lately in the way your gums look or feel, you may be seeing the signs of periodontal infection. The sooner you schedule an appointment for a cleaning at our West Chester dental office, the sooner we can eliminate the infection and get you back on the way to a happy and healthy smile.