Providing Preventive Care for Gum Disease
From the moment baby teeth start emerging in childhood, preventive dental care is essential for maintaining optimal oral and overall health. While we always recommend routine cleanings and examinations twice a year, things change when gum disease comes into play. Dr. Danny Joseph and his team encourage patients with red, swollen, or bleeding gums to contact our practice for detailed examinations and deep cleanings. We’ll help you achieve your best oral health once more.
Protecting Oral Health with Our Proactive Services
From the earliest signs of gingivitis to gum disease in its most advanced form, our periodontal team is dedicated to eliminating infection, decay, and discomfort from your smile with our preventive solutions.
Ensuring your gums are healthy and free of inflammation and infection is essential. We evaluate and treat any trace of gum disease before it leads to more complex periodontal issues. Aside from detecting soft tissue infections, our team also uses x-ray images to get accurate readings of any other existing problems, such as possible cysts or tumors. These exams ensure the long-lasting health of your smile as well as your overall well-being.
- Examination of diagnostic X-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Removing plaque and tartar from the smile is not only necessary for fighting decay, but it also helps eliminate the bacteria that cause inflammation of your gums. Also known as teeth scaling and root planing, a deep periodontal cleaning involves removing plaque buildup and smoothing the root, reducing the pockets between teeth and gums formed by tartar and bacteria.
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
In cases of severe periodontal disease, we have the skill and experience to clear away the tartar that’s often difficult to reach on the roots of teeth.
Exercising Prevention Through Patient Education
Regardless of your level of gum infection, making positive changes to your oral hygiene habits can help. Start with small, but important steps such as regular brushing, flossing, and routine preventive appointments.
When visiting our practice, we take every opportunity to educate you about the benefit of constant at-home care as well as the impact gum health can have on the rest of your body. Our team believes the more informed you are about your oral health, the more effective your daily prevention will be.