If your teeth feel loose or your gums bleed when you brush, you most likely have some degree of periodontal (gum) disease. This persistent infection has become a serious health problem and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
Prevention is the key to avoiding gum disease, and we offer the treatments you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Our team is committed to helping you achieve excellent oral health and overall wellness with regular exams and dental cleanings. This helps us stay one step ahead of periodontal disease and prevent it from damaging your oral health.
Why Periodontal Disease Is a Problem
Bacteria-filled plaque is always building up between your teeth and under your gums. Without treatment, the bone around your teeth recedes, and pockets form between your teeth and gums. Your teeth become loose over time and eventually may be lost.
Studies indicate a possible link between periodontal disease and more serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and an increased risk of complications during pregnancy.
Treatments You Need for Healthy Teeth
Regular professional cleanings are essential for maintaining oral health, because no matter how well you brush, you can’t reach all the places where plaque and tartar hide. During a routine cleaning, our hygienist will clear away this material and check for signs of gum disease. In its earliest stages, gum disease can usually be treated with a series of follow-up cleanings.
If the hygienist finds signs of advanced periodontal disease, a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, may be necessary. This treatment focuses on removing plaque and tartar attached to the surface of your teeth, especially the area below the gumline. Root planing smoothes out irregular areas of the root surface, which removes any remaining plaque.
After the deep cleaning has been completed, the hygienist will review proper oral hygiene practices and may recommend frequent periodic cleanings to prevent infection from returning.
Prevention Is the Key
Good at-home oral hygiene, combined with regular check-ups and cleanings at our College Station dental office, significantly reduces the chances that you will develop gum disease. It is easier to follow simple steps now than to put them off and risk more serious problems in the future.
Our professional team does everything possible to make each visit stress-free and enjoyable so that you can feel good about keeping up with important preventive treatments. You will always feel welcome here, and we will treat you with the individualized attention you deserve.
Take Steps to Protect Your Oral Health
If it’s time for your regular check-up and dental cleaning, please contact our office to schedule a convenient appointment. We look forward to helping you protect your oral health so that you can enjoy a happy and healthy smile.