Periodontal Treatment in Lewes, DE
Are you worried about gums that bleed when you brush, chronic bad breath, or loose teeth? These are all indications that you’re suffering from gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. But with proper oral hygiene and routine dental care at The Dental Group at Carpenter's Crossing, we can quickly get your gum disease under control.
We don't ever want you to have to worry about problems like periodontal disease. This is the reason we are so emphatic about proper oral hygiene and staying current with routine exams and cleanings.
Taking the steps to avoid gum disease is imperative, and not just for good oral health. Recent studies have shown that our oral health is directly linked to our general health. If you suffer with chronic periodontal infections, you put yourself at risk because they contribute to heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and even pregnancy complications.
How Gum Disease Develops
Bacteria are always present in your mouth and can lead to periodontal disease (or gum disease). Depending on how well your body and immune system fight infection, you may be more susceptible to gum disease than other people. In fact, depending on what else is happening with your general health, your body’s ability to fight off gum infections can actually change from day to day.
One of the most noticeable symptoms of periodontal disease is gums that bleed when they’re touched. When the infection has reached this stage, toxins and bacteria in your mouth have overwhelmed your immune system, causing the gum tissue around your teeth to become swollen and inflamed.
The biggest problem is that the toxins attach and become embedded to the root surface of the tooth. Without prompt treatment, the toxins gradually destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Unfortunately, this bone loss is permanent and irreversible. If it continues, it will result in tooth loss, since there’s be nothing left to support them.
Stopping Periodontal Disease Before It Starts
The primary cause of periodontal infections is a lack of proper oral hygiene. You may be brushing and flossing regularly, but you want to make sure that your efforts aren’t wasted. During your cleaning, our hygienist will be happy to show you the brushing and flossing techniques that will help you get the most out of your daily oral hygiene.
Routine cleanings at The Dental Group are one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to avoid gum disease. During every cleaning, our hygienist will check your teeth and gums for signs of infection. With early detection, gum disease can be controlled without surgery.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
If we find that you have gum disease, a thorough cleaning by our skilled hygienist may be all that’s needed to restore your gums to a healthy state. If necessary, our hygienist will also apply a topical antibiotic that continues to fight infection after your cleaning.
More advanced stages of gum disease will require a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Scaling is a process conducted by our hygienist to gently remove plaque and tartar that sit on your teeth, attract bacteria, and lead to inflammation. Root planing smooths the root of your tooth, removing surfaces of the root where bacteria collect.
Please Contact Us to Arrange an Appointment
Fortunately, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings, periodontal disease may never be a problem you have to worry about. If you haven’t been in lately for a professional cleaning, we encourage you to give us a call to arrange an appointment.