There is a lot that goes into periodontal care, including things you can do at home and services provided by our professionals. This care is important for maintaining the health of your teeth as well as your long-term health in general. If you do not care for your teeth properly, you place yourself at risk of tooth decay and the need for more complex dental treatments. In addition, these diseases make you more susceptible to other physiological health conditions as well. Our dental professionals at Wilson Dentistry can compliment your at-home care with essential services to keep you and your teeth healthy.
The Importance of Periodontal Care
Periodontal care is extremely important not only for your dental health, but for the rest of your overall health condition as well. Poor dental hygiene can lead to cavities, the loss of teeth, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other conditions. These are painful and very unpleasant to manage so you want to make sure you do all you can to prevent them.
These dental conditions can also cause infection that places the rest of your health at risk as well. Bacteria from infection in your teeth and gums can get into the bloodstream and impact other parts of your body. This leads to other health conditions like diabetes, cardiac issues, osteoporosis, respiratory complications, cancers, and prenatal health effects.
At-home care is a daily process. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily with a fluoride based toothpaste for two minutes at a time. They also suggest using a brush with soft bristles so as to not cause damage to the gums. You should also change out your toothbrush every 3-4 months or more if it gets damaged. This helps to prevent bacteria build-up and ensures you have a toothbrush that works well to clean your teeth.
The American Dental Association also recommends flossing at least once a day. You should use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaning device, such as a water flosser. This cleans the areas between your teeth that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. Flossing prevents tooth decay and other dental problems.
Deep cleaning is a professional service offered by [[[CLIENTX:PracticeName]]]. This service is provided for those with gum disease or a risk of developing it. Another term for this is periodontal therapy. Periodontal therapy begins with our professionals removing plaque and tartar through a process known as scaling. This is when they use a scaler to scrape away hardened debris that cannot be removed simply by brushing.
After scaling, they will provide our root planing service. Root planing involves smoothing the roots of the teeth so that they can reattach themselves to the gums. You may need these services more than once, depending on the severity of your condition.
Following these procedures, you may receive prescription anti-biotics or instructions for at-home treatment. It is very important to follow instructions given to you by our dentist to ensure recovery for your teeth. This will also help prevent further issues.
If you have a more advanced form of periodontitis, you may have already lost tissue and bone. For this, we have several treatment options available. For instance, we can provide tissue grafting, guided regeneration, and administer tissue-stimulating proteins.
Routine Dental Visits
Of course, having routine visits with our professionals can also ensure you are keeping up on your dental health. These visits will let you know about issues before they become more severe. We recommend dental appointments every six months. These appointments will include cleaning, diagnostic imaging, and an exam by our dentist. To schedule your appointment, you can call Wilson Dentistry at (346) 340-5440 today.