Your oral health is extremely important to us. We also want you to live a healthy, vibrant life, which is why your overall health is just as important to us. This is why we recommend periodontal maintenance for patients showing signs of periodontal disease, called gingivitis. Periodontal maintenance goes deeper than regular professional cleaning. It allows us to address the causes of inflammation, bleeding and bad breath that come with gingivitis. These can be uncomfortable and unattractive, but the risks to your overall health might even be greater. Gingivitis has been associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and lung disease.
Regular brushing and flossing are the first line of defense. Excellent home care is critical to slowing gingivitis, but sometimes it’s just not enough! Plaque is a colorless film that sticks to your teeth. Bacteria live in plaque and produce acids which cause an inflammatory reaction in your body that leads to periodontal disease, called gingivitis. In addition, plaque also causes rocky buildups of calculus, also known as tartar.
If you have bone loss, gum pockets that are deeper than 4 millimeters, bleeding gums, or exposed root surfaces, regular cleaning might not be enough. Scaling allows us to remove plaque and tartar down to where the root, gum, and bone meet. We smooth out rough areas and carefully monitor your pockets. We sometimes even irrigate these pockets with anti-bacterial medicine.
Though we don’t know exactly why, we do know that there is a relationship between chronic inflammation of the gums and heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. Until we can determine if this relationship is causal, it’s important to keep your gums and the bone surrounding your teeth as healthy as possible. For those who are anxious about this or other procedures, we can do this while you’re under sedation. Whether you’re sleeping or awake, we’ll always make sure you are comfortable and cared for. There’s never a reason to feel nervous or embarrassed here. Remember, when you’re at our office, you’re not just a patient, you’re a member of our family!