Are you suffering from periodontal disease but don’t know how it’s treated? At Vayner Family Dentistry in Fairfield, CT, we are dedicated to providing you with the best care and treatment available. Here, we’ll discuss periodontal disease in more detail and explain how it’s treated.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by plaque, a clear sticky film, that builds up on your teeth and gums. Plaque is full of bacteria and is constantly forming on your teeth all day long. When plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, it builds up in your mouth and begins to infect your gums. Additionally, plaque can even harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Symptoms of periodontal disease include bleeding gums, receding gums, loose teeth, red or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, and changes in your bite. When your gums recede, they pull away from your teeth to create pockets that are the perfect home for bacteria and debris to build up in. If these pockets become infected, the disease can spread further along and under the gums and could potentially lead to tooth loss.
At Vayner Family Dentistry, we use scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease. This is a deep cleaning treatment that is used to control the progression of periodontal disease. The first step in the process is deeply cleaning your gums, teeth, and mouth. We’ll use dental instruments to get rid of any tartar that has built up in your mouth. After that, the root surfaces of your teeth will be smoothed out to keep bacteria, plaque, and tartar from building up there. After the treatment, you might feel some sensitivity, tenderness, and swelling along your gums in the few days after, and we may prescribe you an antibiotic rinse to prevent any further infection in your mouth. A followup appointment will be scheduled so we can ensure everything is healing nicely.
The absolute best way to prevent periodontal disease is by keeping up with your oral health care routine every day. This means that you need to be brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time you brush, flossing at least once a day, and using fluoride toothpaste to keep your enamel strong. A healthy diet that is low in sugar and carbs and high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber is also vital to maintaining healthy teeth and keeping periodontal disease at bay.
It’s also important to come in for regular checkups and cleanings, so give us a call at our Fairfield office today to schedule an appointment.
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