Are your gums red or swollen? Maybe they bleed when you brush of floss your teeth? Although you may think these symptoms are normal, you are experiencing the early stages of gum (periodontal) disease. This is a preventable infection that destroys the supporting structures of your teeth if it is not treated quickly. It can eventually lead to tooth loss and several general health issues, like cardiovascular disease. We provide nonsurgical periodontal therapy with scaling and root planing in Porter to save your smile.
Scaling and root planing are also known as a deep cleaning, which is two separate procedures used to treat gum disease. Although the infection is preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have a form of it. Often, it is the result of poor oral hygiene habits.
Improper brushing and flossing allow a buildup of plaque and tartar to accumulate around the gum line. The bacteria in the buildup infects and irritates the gingival tissue. It causes pockets to form between the teeth and the tissue, trapping additional bacteria. Scaling and root planing remove the bacteria from the pockets and encourages the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth.
The nonsurgical treatment is a common approach to combating gum disease. Your dentist in Porter may use an anesthetic to minimize any sensitivity or discomfort you may feel while a special dental tool is used to clean the gingival pockets. Tartar and bacteria are removed from above and below the gum line to stop the infection. After the pockets are cleaned, another dental instrument is used for the root planing. This involves smoothing the roots to prevent future buildup while also allowing the gums to reattach to the teeth to seal out bacteria.
It is normal for your gum tissue to be tender for a few days after your treatment. You may also have tooth sensitivity, so you may want to avoid hot and cold foods and drinks. Any discomfort or sensitivity will subside within a few days.
It is best to be proactive about your oral hygiene after your treatment to prevent gum disease from reoccurring. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day. Choose a high-quality dental floss to clean in between each tooth and around the gum line every night before going to bed.
We may recommend the use of an antimicrobial mouthrisne to decrease harmful bacteria levels in your mouth. You may also need more frequent cleanings and checkups to monitor your gum health. It is also important to maintain your semi-annual preventive appointments.
If your gums bleed when you brush, do not ignore the early warning signs of periodontal disease. We can save your smile and restore your gum health with scaling and root planing. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy.