If your gums begin to feel sore or bleed easily, this could indicate the presence of poor periodontal heath, such as gingivitis and even gum disease. Treatment is crucial for restoring your oral health and preventing major complications, such as adult tooth loss in some cases. When do our patients in Tucson, AZ, need periodontal therapy, and how do we restore gum health?
Signs of Trouble
Gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis, may develop as a result of poor oral hygiene, as lack of proper brushing and flossing could allow plaque buildup to develop and irritate gum tissue. Other factors include smoking and tobacco use, certain medications, inflammatory illnesses, or a family history of periodontal problems. Without treatment, gingivitis my cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming deep periodontal pockets for bacteria to enter, which causes gum disease. Warning signs include redness in the gums, as well as soreness, bleeding, swelling, or recession. Don’t ignore these potential warning signs, contact our team today to schedule a visit.
Scaling and Root Planing
Gingivitis can be reversed with a deep cleaning, and we can use the procedure to begin managing gum disease. A deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, involves the dentist or hygienist using an ultrasonic scaling device to remove all plaque from the surface of the teeth and the roots as well. The procedure can be completed in one visit, or take up to four, depending on the extent of the plaque buildup. Afterward, we polish the teeth and may recommend routine cleanings every three to four months as the gums heal and the disease is properly managed. Remember, treatment is crucial because as gum disease reaches the advanced stage, known commonly as periodontitis, the risk of adult tooth loss increases significantly.
Preventing Gum Disease
What steps can our patients take to avoid gum disease entirely? Start by brushing teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each session. Be sure you use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid irritating the gums. Also, floss every night before bed to remove the bits of food stuck between teeth or along the gum line. Be sure you see us for regular six month cleanings so we can remove all plaque buildup from your smile. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Ready for Periodontal Therapy?
Our team wants to help you enjoy a healthier smile, which means ensuring better periodontal health. For more information on improving gum health, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.