Periodontal Therapy – Newbury Park, CA
Fight Gum Disease and Protect Your Overall Health
Did you know that roughly half of adults in the U.S. have some form of gum disease? Here at Paraiso Family Dental and Orthodontics, one of our goals is to help reverse that troubling trend. By educating our patients on how to take good care of them gums, and by providing high-quality periodontal therapy to fight gum disease, we hope to help everyone who comes into our office achieve improved oral health.
The Importance of Gum Health
Sadly, many people underestimate the importance of gum health — but the state of this precious pink tissue can have a huge impact on your smile’s wellbeing and your overall health. In its earliest stage, periodontal disease can lead to bleeding, swollen gums and bad breath. As it advances, it may cause gum recession, extreme tooth sensitivity, and even tooth loss.
The bacteria that causes gum disease can also affect what goes in throughout the rest of your body. It can sneak into the bloodstream and lead to an increased risk of serious medical conditions, including cardiovascular illness, dementia, preterm birth, and more. Gum disease has also been linked to diabetic complications.
Fighting Gum Disease
Inadequate oral hygiene is the leading cause of gum disease, which is why it is so important that everyone attends regular checkups with their dentist in Newbury Park. We routinely do a periodontal evaluation to check for any signs of gum problems, and we provide coaching on how you can have the most effective at-home tooth care routine possible. Hopefully, we can stop gum disease before it starts.
If you do develop gum disease, it might be possible to correct the problem by making a few changes to your oral hygiene routine. However, periodontal therapy may also be necessary.
One common type of periodontal therapy is called scaling and root planing, which essentially equates to a deep cleaning of the mouth. It is usually called for when gum disease has progressed to the point where the gums have pulled away from the teeth so far that there are pockets of bacteria that need to be cleaned out. During the procedure, we thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, both above and below the gum line, and we smooth out the roots of the teeth so it is more difficult for bacteria to cling to them.
After a scaling and root planing treatment, your teeth and gums may be extra sensitive, but you should recover fairly quickly. We’ll also recommend that you attend follow-up appointments so we can check how well your mouth is recovering from the periodontal disease.
In cases of advanced gum disease, surgery may be necessary to fight the bacteria and allow the gums a chance to heal.
Learn More about Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal therapy is just one of the many services we offer that aim to protect and restore our patients’ oral health. To learn more about how we can care for your gums, contact our office to schedule your next appointment.