Periodontal Disease is the number one reason for tooth loss, and research suggests that there might be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and problems during pregnancy. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.
Periodontal Disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. When plaque and tartar are not removed, they begin destroying the gums and bone. Signs of periodontal disease include red, swollen, bleeding gums.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can greatly reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease. If the disease is caught in the early stages and no damage has occurred, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be educated on ways to improve your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on roots surfaces are made smooth (planing). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric toothbrush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.
Dr. Powell has made periodontal education, care, and treatment a top priority throughout his career. If you have concerns or questions regarding the health of your gums and teeth, please call today to schedule an appointment and learn more about periodontal disease and treatments.