Even patients with good oral hygiene habits can develop gingivitis, a common disease that causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Regular periodontal care can prevent gum recession, tooth loss, and jaw bone destruction, which can result if gum disease is left untreated. Dr. Hada and our staff provide patients with routine periodontal exams and offer deep cleanings to remove deep-seated plaque and keep harmful bacteria in check.
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Periodontal Care for Healthy Gums
Proper periodontal care is crucial to achieving and maintaining good oral health, and in preventing future complications. In addition to practicing proper oral care at home, patients should visit our office for regular cleanings and checkups, so we can identify periodontal problems at their earliest stages, when conservative treatment is most effective. We offer a full scope of periodontal care at our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office. Dr. Richard K. Hada and our skilled team of hygienists are well-equipped to diagnose and treat gum disease, and to help patients maintain periodontal health.
What is Periodontal Care?
Periodontal care is the maintenance of your gums and supporting structures of your teeth. There are many ways you can effectively care for your gums, including:
- Floss at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and at the gum line, where your toothbrush cannot reach.
- Brush your gums and tongue in the same circular motion that you use to brush your teeth, to remove additional food debris and plaque.
- See your dentist regularly every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Regular appointments give Dr. Hada the opportunity to identify and treat gum disease before it proliferates throughout the mouth.
Dr. Hada also recommends that patients invest in an inexpensive tongue scraper to remove any built up debris. You can also use an antibacterial mouthwash to reduce the amount of plaque buildup in your mouth.
How Gum Disease Starts
Periodontal care is recommended for children and adults of all ages to prevent the development of gum disease. When your teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, bacterial plaque can accumulate. Within 48 hours, plaque calcifies into tartar, an insoluble substance that can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist. Tartar, plaque, and bacteria irritate gum tissue and infect the gum line, breaking down the connective tissues. Pockets can form between the teeth and gums, and patients may notice redness, tenderness, swelling, or bleeding when brushing.
If it is not caught early on through a regular dental checkup, simple gingivitis could advance to periodontitis and result in the loss of teeth, as well as death of bone and gum tissue. While regular brushing and flossing are necessary for preventing gum disease, regular checkups and cleanings are just as important.
Cleanings and Gum Disease Therapy
During regular cleanings, Dr. Hada and our skilled team of hygienists remove plaque and stubborn tartar deposits that can be missed during daily brushing and flossing. If gum disease develops, the first stage is called gingivitis. At this point, periodontal pockets are 0.3mm or deeper. Our hygienist can perform scaling to remove tartar from below the gum line, and root planing to smooth rough ridges on teeth roots, where plaque and tartar accumulates.
See your dentist regularly every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Regular appointments give Dr. Hada the opportunity to identify and treat gum disease before it proliferates throughout the mouth.
In some cases, more than one visit is necessary to complete a deep cleaning. The hygienist may also administer topical antibiotics to the roots of the teeth. You will be provided with information about gum disease, how to reduce the risk for recurrence, and what steps you can take at home to maintain healthy gums.
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Gum disease affects over half of the population and is the primary reason for adult tooth loss in the United States. It also increases a person’s risk for heart disease, respiratory problems, cognitive disorders, and diabetes complications. If you notice any abnormality in your gum tissue or have not had a dental cleaning in over six months, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada and one of our hygienists today.