Prevention: The Key to Healthy Gums
When you think of dental care, the first images that probably pop into your head are of teeth. But while your teeth are vital to your oral health, they are only a part of the whole picture.
Your gums are also extremely important to take care of throughout your life, and maintaining a strong oral care regimen can help lower your risk of developing gum disease and health problems—including heart disease.
Symmetry Dental understands the delicate balance between your oral and overall health. Find out how we can serve your family and book an appointment today.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can develop if plaque is allowed to form on your teeth for a long period of time, eventually hardening to what we call tartar. Plaque and tartar produce bacteria on your teeth that release toxins. These toxins can lead to tooth decay and gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis can cause your gums to swell and bleed. Over time, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a more serious issue that damages the bone and gum tissue in your jaw. Periodontitis can lead to bad breath, receding gums, and loose teeth.
Our Periodontic Services
Regular brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. However, health conditions like diabetes or a family history of gum disease can make it challenging to prevent oral health problems. We offer a range of periodontic services to help you and your whole family, including:
Scaling & Root Planing
Tooth scaling and root planing is likely the first treatment we will recommend for gum disease. Scaling is the process of using dental tools to scrape away plaque and tartar, while root planing smooths the surface of your roots to help encourage your gums to grow back and better support your teeth.
During your scaling and root planing, we may offer an antibiotic known as ARESTIN to kill harmful bacteria that cause gum disease. We place this antibiotic directly on your infected gums.
Although periodontal splinting is not a treatment, it can help support and stabilize teeth affected by gum disease. Splints are an appliance we install that connects your loose tooth to the other teeth around it.