Good periodontal health begins with preventative maintenance that helps stop gum disease before it has a chance to start. Fortunately, most periodontal care is easy, non-surgical care that can be done in the convenience of your own home.
Maintenance – Home Care
Our skilled doctors will show you how to brush and floss so as to minimize plaque and tartar build-up. Plaque and tartar can infect your mouth both above and below the gum line; this is what causes gum disease. By brushing, flossing, and using special mouthwashes and rinses, you can prevent most gum problems from ever taking hold.
However, sometimes gum disease can still occur. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, increase a person’s susceptibility to gum disease. If your gums do become infected, there are non- surgical options available from One of our excellent doctors & Associates.
Root planing and scaling are non-surgical procedures that clean bacteria and tartar from the root of the tooth, and smooth the root surface so bacteria cannot re-adhere to it. Once free of infection, healthy gum tissue will be regenerated.
Occasionally, periodontal disease will result in damage to the support structures, bone and gums, that may require surgical follow-up care.