We, at Iocca Family Dentistry, understand that your oral health can affect more than your teeth and gums, it can affect your overall health too! Our highly trained and experienced staff offer periodontal services aimed at keeping your gums in tip-top shape! We are all about helping you enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime!
How Does Periodontal (Gum) Disease Develop?
A sticky film of bacteria called plaque continuously forms on your teeth. If left sitting, it can cause gum inflammation, resulting in gums pulling away from teeth, and creating spaces called pockets. That indicates the development of gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. If not treated, the condition can progress to advanced gum disease known as periodontitis, potentially resulting in loose teeth.
How Does Gum Disease Affect Your Health?
Did you know that periodontal disease can affect your overall health? Research has shown a link between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory conditions, and more. Maintaining healthy gums will result in a healthier you!
Signs of Gum Disease
Signs to watch out for include bad breath, along with red, swollen, bleeding, or receding gums. You may also notice you have loose teeth, sensitive teeth, and pain while chewing. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact us immediately so that we can treat your gum disease and stop it from progressing.
Scaling and Root Planing
During your professional cleanings, we remove plaque and tartar to keep your teeth clean and your mouth healthy. However, if you have developed gum disease, you will likely require a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. This procedure involves cleaning between your gums and teeth, all the way to their roots.
During scaling, we remove plaque and tartar above and below your gum line, making sure your pockets are clean. Root planing involves removing plaque that has moved deep into your gums, and also smoothing out rough areas on your tooth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
Brush at least twice each day, and floss and use antimicrobial mouthwash daily. Schedule your checkups and cleanings twice a year or more, as recommended by your dentist, to keep your mouth clean and your gums healthy.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
Contact us at Iocca Family Dentistry in Jackson, MI to learn more about our scaling and root planing and how it can help restore your gum health. We are all about delivering the best in quality, creative, reliable, and friendly dentistry solutions! Call us today!