Gum Disease Prevention at Winning Smile Dentistry
Gum disease is the process during which built up bacteria begins to eat away at your teeth and gums, eventually leading to tooth decay and bone loss if left untreated. Preventing gum disease is as simple as practicing healthy dental habits.
Healthy dental habits include:
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day. In the morning and before bedtime. Be sure to brush along all sides of your teeth, and along the surface of your tongue to remove bacteria that is a bad breath culprit. Remember, a soft toothbrush is most effective for a gentle but thorough cleaning.
Use fluoride toothpaste or an antiseptic mouthwash like Listerine.
Floss at least once a day to remove build up in tight spaces between teeth. Wrap the floss between your fingers and curve the string floss around each tooth. Gently slide it up and down the surface of each tooth and under the gum line to scrape off any plaque.
Avoid foods high in sugar such as candy, or sweetened drinks. These types of foods can lead to plaque and tartar buildup, promoting tooth decay.
Visit your dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned and examined.
Bleeding gums may be a sign of gum disease and should be mentioned to your dentist during any examination. The practice of good dental habits is essential in preventing gum disease and supporting the long-term health of your teeth.
Non-Surgical Gum Treatments at Winning Smile Dentistry
(Deep Cleaning, Root Scaling…)
Non-surgical periodontal treatments include a professional dental cleaning along with scaling and root planing.
A professional dental cleaning allows your dentist to remove plaque and tartar that has built up above and below the gum line. A professional dental cleaning is generally performed during your general checkup. Scaling and root planing are additional non-surgical procedures for removing hardened plaque and tartar from the mouth. This second procedure targets deeper pockets affected by bacterial buildup.
Performed under local anesthesia, your perdiodontist will scrap clean affected areas above and below the gum line (scaling) and will smooth the root of any hardened bacteria (planing). In some cases, additional microbial therapy is required to effectively treat any contaminated areas. Both of these procedures target the bacteria that if left untreated, can produce acids that eat away at your teeth leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
If you live in or around Glendale and you have questions about gum treatments or think you may be in need of additional cleaning, please call our offices or fill out an online appointment request form to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled professionals today. Our periodontists are experts in evaluating your oral health and will advise you along the appropriate treatment process.
If you live in or around Glendale or downtown Phoenix area, call or schedule an appointment today.