Periodontal Care

What Is Periodontal Care?

Do you have concerns with bleeding or pain while brushing your teeth or suffer from bad breath? This may be a direct result from periodontal disease. It is easy to detect during our thorough exams. Almost 2/3's of the American adult population suffer from this highly treatable disease.Our hygiene team is capable of treating minor inflammation and tender tissue to more severe cases which can include heavy calculus and pockets created by bacteria. If this is not properly treated, it can cause bone loss eventually leading to teeth needing to be extracted.

Periodontal Care Explanation Video:

Dr. Larson's Take:

Children over the age of four should visit their dentist for regular cleanings at least twice a year. During our standard cleaning, plaque and tartar is removed. It is then followed with polishing and fluoride treatment. Teeth will be checked for any cavities and your hygienist will also make sure there is no sign of gum disease. If your hygienist detects any periodontal disease, we may then recommended a deeper cleaning where any bacteria and calculus below the gum line can be removed. To prevent any discomfort, a local anesthetic may be administered.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on your teeth soon after you have brushed. In an effort to get rid of the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that inflame and damage the gums, periodontal ligament or alveolar bone. This leads to swollen, bleeding gums, a sign of gingivitis (the earliest stage of periodontal disease). Damage from periodontal disease also can cause teeth to become loose.