The threats you really have to watch out for are the ones you have no idea about. One of the most common ones is actually periodontal (gum) disease. Did you know nearly 80% of the entire adult population has some form of it right now? What starts as minor redness and swelling can eventually develop into the leading cause of tooth loss around the globe. Plus, periodontal disease has shown to have an extremely high correlation with heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s. Your gum health is extremely important to your oral AND overall health, which is why Dr. Meredith Davis and our team will always keep an eye on them during your regular checkup. If you develop the condition, we can also help you treat it.
If you develop an advanced case of gum disease, we will perform a deep cleaning that consists of two procedures called scaling and root planing.
Scaling is just like a dental cleaning for your gums. We’ll use specialized tools to clear away built up plaque and bacteria from your gum line and inside periodontal pockets (the spaces between your teeth and gums). Afterward, root planing will be use to gently smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth. This will make it much harder for plaque to gather there in the future, and it will also help your soft tissues heal faster.
Scaling and root planing can sometimes require multiple appointments, and to make sure the infection doesn’t come back in that time, we may use an antibiotic called Arestin. It is made of thousands of microspheres that are designed to slowly release medicine right into the source of your gum disease. It simply looks like powder, and your dentist will apply just a bit of it to your gums to make sure you are extra protected.
Are your gums red, swollen, or tender? Do they look like they’ve receded, or do your teeth feel loose? These are definitive signs of gum disease, and to prevent the infection from getting worse, you should contact our office today to get treatment. The sooner we see you, the easier the solution will be!