Periodontal procedures available at Brentwood Family Dental for gum treatment
The beauty in a smile is largely dependent on the health of the smile. Proper care of teeth and gums are vital to oral health and, ultimately, a contributor to a person's overall health. Sometimes it sounds too simple, but it is really true that the best investment one can make to dental health is through the simplicity of regular and effective brushing and flossing. To add to that, regular visits to your dental professional allows for deep cleaning of places that may have been missed and exams to detect and promptly resolve any dental health concerns.
Gums are easily overlooked in and of themselves, but the dentist is very aware of how important they are to oral health. By paying careful attention to gums and having regular visits with the dentist, those healthy gums will contribute to healthy teeth. If ignored, gums can be the source of pain, inflammation, and ultimately tooth loss.
Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease or periodontitis. When caught early, gum inflammation can be reduced and the progression of gum deterioration halted. Bacteria found in the mouth can build up and lead to what is known as plaque along the gum line. If not eliminated, this leads to the destruction of gum tissue, and then tooth loss. Because gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, any warning signs should be discussed with a dental care provider and attended to promptly.
If you experience bleeding during routine brushing and flossing, a constant bad taste or odor in your mouth, gums that show signs of recession, or teeth that feel loose or unstable without reason, these may be early signs of gum disease. Your dental provider can help you determine if adjustments need to be made in your personal oral hygiene practices or if more extensive procedures are required.
For patients needing professional treatment, Dr. Jamil Alkhoury and the professionals of Brentwood Family Dental can explain the options of periodontal procedures. Sometimes oral antibiotics are effective at eliminating the problems caused by the bacteria. Another option offered to the appropriate candidates is the LANAP Laser Treatment. This is an innovative treatment that has proven to be extremely effective, yet comfortable for the patient, in improving the condition of gums affected by invading bacteria. If you experience any of the warning signs, call our office right away to schedule an appointment. Be sure to visit your provider on a regular basis, as well, for cleanings and checkups. With regular care, together we can maintain healthy teeth and gums over a lifetime.
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