Effective management of gum disease with Deep Cleanings in Middletown
In its early stages, gum disease is easy to ignore because there is little discomfort or visible symptoms. However, it progresses steadily, with a potentially disastrous impact on oral health and whole body wellness. Deep cleanings from University Dental in Middletown, OH are an effective technique to manage the condition.
Understanding gum disease
Hundreds of strains of bacteria exist in your mouth. Some are beneficial, but others trigger gum disease. They feed on sugars in bits of food debris. As they eat, they excrete toxins in a sticky film of plaque, which irritates gums. Periodontal pockets form, creating an ideal environment for bacteria. Without treatment, gingivitis becomes advanced periodontal disease, attacking ligaments and bone that hold teeth in place. Gums bleed, breath becomes foul, and teeth loosen or fall out.
Bacteria that cause gum disease are linked to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, premature and low birth weight babies, Alzheimer’s, and other systemic illnesses.
Clean that goes beyond the gum line
Good home hygiene and regular semi-annual cleanings are the best defense against gum disease. However, other factors can increase risk:
- Smoking or smokeless tobacco.
- Hormonal changes in women – puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
- Certain illnesses, medications, and therapies.
- Genetics – gum disease runs in families.
If you have gum disease, one of our experienced dentists may recommend periodic deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planning. Scaling is removal of plaque from teeth and roots, beyond the gum line, using ultrasonic or handheld instruments. Planning smooth roots of teeth, to help gums re-establish a healthy seal. The dentist may suggest additional therapies to get gum disease under control, such as antibiotics, prescription mouth rinse, or perio gel.
The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque buildup. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis includes swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized by irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage, but at this stage, the results are not reversible. Advanced periodontitis is when the fibers and bones supporting the teeth destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may have to be removed depending on how advanced the disease has become and if treatments are not effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today.
At University Dental Care in Middletown, we take your oral health seriously with deep cleanings and good advice on gum disease management. Call (855) 908 3676