Keeping your gums healthy is essential for avoiding tooth loss, as well as the uncomfortable symptoms of issues like gingivitis and gum disease. Fortunately, we can protect your gum health and preserve your smile. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX, dentist talks about our approach to periodontal treatment.
The Causes and Risks of Gingivitis
Gingivitis occurs when the gum tissues become inflamed. This could be due to a diet high in sugar and starch, and also improper brushing and flossing. These factors could lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, which irritates and inflames the gingival tissues. You could experience soreness, redness, or bleeding. When these symptoms occur, let us know right away. Otherwise, this could eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth and form pockets, which harmful bacteria enter to cause periodontal disease. While gingivitis can be reversed, periodontal disease cannot, and will instead need to be managed to avoid the later stages linked to adult tooth loss!
Scaling and Root Planing
To help reverse gingivitis or manage periodontal disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, this involves using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to thoroughly break up the layers of buildup on the surfaces of the teeth. We then thoroughly polish the teeth for a smoother feel and brighter appearance. Afterward, we will suggest regular cleanings every three to four months to control buildup and keep the instead at bay, so your smile stays whole and comfortable.
A Preventive Approach
You can also take other steps to limit your risk of gum issues. For example, avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products that could cause inflammation. You should also brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss every evening to remove stray food particles. Also, try to limit your consumption of sugary and starchy foods, as this could feed harmful bacteria and lead to buildup. These actions also help fight bad breath, teeth stains, and the risk of cavities or infections.
If you have any questions about how to prevent the onset of periodontal issues, or if you would like to schedule a visit soon, then contact our team today to learn more. There is still time to see us before the year ends, and before you lose your 2022 dental insurance benefits.
TALK TO YOUR HOUSTON, TX DENTIST ABOUT ENSURING GOOD GUM HEALTH
We would like to help you enjoy a complete and healthy smile by protecting your gum health. If you have questions about keeping your smile clean and bright, or if you need to set up an appointment, contact your Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Chan, by calling 713-926-8896.