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Periodontal Maintenance and Care

Side by side drawings comparing a healthy tooth with another tooth suffering from periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease is advanced gingivitis or gum disease that is irreversible. It can only be maintained to prevent further damage. Periodontitis is a gum disease that has progressed below the gum line to the jawbone. Plaque causes bacteria to build up in the mouth. When bacteria builds up, it causes inflammation in the tissues resulting in an immune response by the body where it begins to destroy the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Periodontitis causes the gums to recede, causing deepening pockets that accumulate plaque and bacteria. These bacteria could enter the bloodstream and cause more dental problems. At Jeffrey Carl DMD, we have dental professionals who can help you manage periodontal disease.

Everything You Need to Know About Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is a cleaning procedure carried out to clean the teeth and halt the progression of periodontitis thoroughly. Periodontal maintenance helps remove tartar, calculus, and plaque below and above the gingival line. The dentist uses special tools to dislodge tartar from below the gum line during cleaning. Periodontal maintenance is also beneficial in improving one's appearance with a brighter smile, free of stains and tartar. This helps improve confidence. Periodontal maintenance also helps rid halitosis resulting from gum infections. Periodontal maintenance helps screen for risks of other complications in the body, like diabetes and kidney disease.

Periodontal maintenance cleaning is generally divided into stages. The first is supragingival cleaning, which involves cleaning above the gum line with special scaling equipment, including ultrasonic equipment, to rid plaque and calculus off teeth. Subgingival cleaning involves cleaning and removing tartar, calculus, and bacteria below the gum line. The dentist removes lodged tartar from the sulcus pockets during this step. The next step involves root planing, where the dentist smooths the tooth roots to get rid of any remaining plaque or bacteria.

Bacteria builds up severely four months after treatment has been initiated. Antibacterial and pain medication is later administered or recommended to promote healing and ease any discomfort. The cream and ointment may be applied in the sulcus pockets to promote a fast and healthy recovery. Regular examination through x-rays is necessary to reveal periodontal disease and gum recession and identify areas that may need a future response.

Once you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is important to ensure your oral health to ensure minimal bacterial count. Brushing and flossing at least twice every day and rinsing with an antimicrobial cream help avoid complications during recovery. Since periodontal disease affects more than soft tissue, a healthy diet and refraining from lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking alcohol also eliminate risk factors. Periodontal patients must regularly see the dentist for regular follow-ups to ensure a fast and easy recovery. Dental follow-ups enable dentists to manage oral cavity health while scanning for disease progression. In case of a complication such as dry mouth, swelling, or persistent pain, it is important to visit your dentist for an examination and diagnosis. We can help you manage your periodontal condition with great expertise at Jeffrey Carl DMD. Call us at (541) 918-2361 to book an appointment.
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