Periodontal Therapy Protects Your Oral Health
Gum disease hides in your mouth, destroys gum tissue, and can lead to many health issues, including strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications. You may think it’s not your problem, but conservative estimates report that up to 80% of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form. 70% of adult tooth loss is attributed to gum disease.
While this infection has painless and mild symptoms, in the beginning, it can quickly grow out of control. That’s why it’s so important to schedule regular dental checkups with our Beverly Hills team. A professional like Dr. Valentine can detect, treat, and reverse gum disease in early stages before your smile experiences any significant damage.
Gum Disease: Cause and Effect
Several factors contribute to periodontal gum disease: plaque buildup, heredity, and lifestyle choices. By far, the most common and controllable factor is bacterial plaque, which is the sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria. Bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers that bond gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, and more bacteria and toxins can hide in them and cause destruction. Over time, this process can affect not only gums, teeth, and bone within the mouth, but also your overall health.
Maintaining Good Periodontal Health
Regular dental visits at least every six months allow us to keep a watchful eye on the health of your gums. You should also brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use good mouth rinses at home. We can recommend the products that will optimize your oral home care, and we can also show you the best methods for brushing and flossing. If you have overcome periodontal gum disease, we will recommend frequent checkups to ensure your mouth stays healthy for a lifetime.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is the most common way to treat moderate to advanced cases of periodontal gum disease. This technique can be thought of as a dental cleaning that takes the process to the next level, targeting the vulnerable areas of the gum tissue and teeth that are typically kept out of sight. During the scaling portion, our team will thoroughly remove harmful bacteria from underneath the tissue. Then, during the root planing portion, we will smooth the rough surfaces of your tooth roots so that they will no longer attract the same amount of decay-causing plaque and tartar. Once we’re finished, you’ll have a smile that feels refreshed and revitalized.
Soft Tissue Contouring
Dr. Valentine can offer Soft Tissue Contouring to eliminate diseased gum tissue from the mouth. This coloring has a sterilizing effect that helps reduce uncomfortable post-operative symptoms (like bleeding and swelling) and can encourage the growth of healthy oral tissue.
Dr. Valentine typically recommends the use of antibiotic therapy in combination with all the above techniques to increase their effectiveness to even higher levels. This medication will either be administered in an oral form or applied directly to the gum tissue, depending on the type we recommend. Our goal will be to eradicate any areas of harmful bacteria.