Patients of the Drs. Boyd know that we value conservative dentistry. That’s why we emphasize regular preventive care for all our patients — frequent visits to our office help us catch problems almost as soon as they develop to provide the most efficient, effective solutions possible. When it comes to your periodontal (gum) health, early detection is especially important. Visit our practice regularly, and we can provide non-surgical treatment for gum disease as soon as it begins. Scaling and root planing can help you enjoy full smile health without the need for surgery. Keep reading to learn more about gum disease and its treatment at the Drs. Boyd.
Gum Disease: An Overview
Gum disease is a chronic condition that affects most American adults. It occurs when bacteria work its way beneath the gum line and eventually destroys the bone that supports the teeth. Periodontal disease results in tooth loss and has been linked to a host of other health conditions, like heart disease, uncontrolled diabetes, and others.
The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding, swollen, tender gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum recession
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose teeth
Non-Surgical Treatment for Gum Disease
In the very beginning stages of gum disease, inflammation and infection can be reversed with improved dental hygiene at home and a few extra visits to our office. Once the pockets where the bacteria lives reach a certain depth, however, a dental cleaning may not be enough to resolve the infection. Once the condition reaches this stage, we’ll recommend a non-surgical deep cleaning for removal of dental plaque, also known as scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing are the gold standard of periodontal therapy — and as such, we’ll always consider it as the first method for treating moderate levels of gum disease. To perform the treatment, we use special tools to remove tartar from above and below the gum line.
The bacteria that causes periodontal infections is powerful and often multiplies more quickly than we can treat it. We will provide local antibiotic therapy at the infection site to help kill the bacteria, prevent re-infection, and speed healing.
Gum disease therapy requires a comprehensive approach. In addition to scaling and root planing and antibiotic therapy, we’ll also provide important education for helping you to keep your gums healthy.
Preventing Gum Disease
After your gums have healed, take some preventive steps to prevent re-infection from occurring. Remember that healthy gums require a daily dental hygiene regime: brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss daily to remove biofilm. Visit our office every six months for routine cleaning appointments. We’ll check in on your gum health and help you enjoy a healthy, clean smile for years to come!
In addition to good dental hygiene, take these healthy smile tips to prevent gum disease.
- Avoid tobacco of any kind
- Maintain a balanced, low-sugar diet
- Add a microbial mouthwash to kill bacteria
- Drink plenty of water
Schedule an Appointment Today
When was your last visit to the dentist? If it’s been awhile, you could be unknowingly dealing with gum disease. Let us provide conservative periodontal therapy to renew your smile health! Request an appointment with the Drs. Boyd today.