image0045Your gums are an integral part of the oral health system and because of this, Scott Family Dentistry offers treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. When providing these treatments, the objective is to help heal damaged and diseased gingival tissue while also stopping the progression of chronic gum disease. When left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy a patient’s health.

Periodontal Disease and Your Health

Gum disease, especially in its advanced stages can have prolific and long lasting effects on your oral health and general wellbeing. Periodontal disease is so pervasive that it is the number one cause of tooth loss in adulthood. Gum disease means that a patient’s periodontal tissue is inflamed, irritated, and infected.

The most common cause of periodontal disease is improper and inadequate oral hygiene. Inadequate oral hygiene leads to the accumulation of tartar, which cannot be removed with flossing or brushing once it deposits along the gum line. As tartar builds up along the gums, the gums pull away from the teeth when they become irritated. Over time, the gums will recede further as tartar accumulates, ultimately exposing the roots of teeth to bacteria and debris.

On top of weakening the bond between teeth and gums and teeth and bone, gum disease affects the health of the entire oral cavity. This is because advanced stage periodontal disease means that there is a chronic and systemic infection in the mouth. Once periodontal disease advances to a certain point, it is not curable and it can only be managed with routine professional care.

Gum Disease Treatments

In addition to encouraging meticulous oral hygiene practices, our dentist may prescribe specialized prophylaxis to remove both tartar deep within the gums and infected gingival tissue. The most common prophylaxis protocol for periodontal disease is a treatment called scaling and root planing. This treatment involves deeply cleaning the gums by removing tartar that has accumulated below the gums and along the roots of teeth. The roots are then gently smoothed to prevent the reattachment of new tartar and promote the rejuvenation of new gingival tissue. Scaling and root planing is minimally invasive and when performed in increments, produces effective results for managing periodontal disease and protecting oral health.

To learn more about treating gum disease and preserving your oral health, call Scott Family Dentistry to reserve a consultation.