If your gums bleed when you brush or your teeth feel a little loose, you may be noticing the symptoms 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 – The First Step to a Healthy Smile
It’s no surprise that the professional team at Brazos Dental Associates strongly encourages prevention, such as cleanings and exams, as a few of the major keys to avoiding gum disease. You should also be aware that the two other essential parts of prevention are your own at-home hygiene efforts as well as your family's healthy diet. If you have been noticing gum disease symptoms, 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. We spend time getting to know you so we can understand your daily habits and, as necessary, educate you to take the proper steps needed to achieve your oral health goals. This keeps us one step ahead of periodontal disease with the goal of preventing disease from damaging your oral health.
What Makes Periodontal Disease 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. Teeth loosen over time, and eventually, may be lost.
Studies indicate that there's also a possible link between periodontal disease and your overall health, including problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and an increased risk of low birthweight babies.
Treatments That Promote 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 that attach 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 First Step
There is no magic wand to achieving good oral health. But diligent at-home oral hygiene, combined with regular check-ups and cleanings at our College Station dental office, significantly reduces your risk of developing dental problems. It is easier to follow these simple steps now, rather than putting them off and risking more serious problems developing 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
Easy 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 your beautiful smile for many years to come.