Managing Periodontal Disease

scaling and root planing Once gum disease forms, there is no cure. However, there are methods of managing the disease to prevent uncomfortable symptoms and also avoid major complications, such as the loss of one or more adult teeth. In today’s blog, your Overland Park, KS, dentist will look at how we manage gum disease with a simple procedure known as a scaling and root planing.

The Warning Signs of Gingivitis or Disease

Inflammation, also known as gingivitis, occurs when the periodontal tissues are irritated by factors like plaque buildup accumulation due to poor oral hygiene, as well as tobacco use, family history of poor periodontal health, inflammatory illnesses, or certain medications. People often experience gums that look red, feel sore, or bleed easily. Unless treated, this could grow worse until gum disease forms. Gingivitis can be reversed, but gum disease cannot. However! Management for gum disease means we prevent the onset of periodontitis, the advanced stage that attacks the tissues connecting the teeth and gums, causing adult tooth loss.

The Scaling and Root Planing Process

To reverse gingivitis or manage periodontal disease, we may suggest a deep cleaning. Also known as scaling and root planing, this process involves the use of an ultrasonic scaling device to remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth and the roots, which controls inflammation and improves gum health. The process could take one visit, or up to four, depending on the extent of the buildup. We then polish the teeth.

Routine Management

Every three to four months afterward, you should undergo a routine cleaning, which is less involved than a scaling and root planing and only takes a few minutes to complete. Routinely removing plaque and tartar will help control inflammation and protect your smile from serious complications due to worsening disease. This, along with proper brushing and flossing at home, helps keep your smile healthy and strong. You should brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste when you wake and again before bed, for two minutes each session. We also suggest flossing every night before bed, as this removes what a toothbrush alone cannot. If you have any questions about how we treat poor oral health and help control periodontal issues, then please contact our team today. We want to make sure you enjoy a healthy and whole smile!

Do You Have Sore, Bleeding Gums?

Managing your disease helps protect your periodontal health, and prevents tooth loss. We have treatments to help reverse inflammation or manage periodontal disease, so you enjoy your healthiest possible smile. To learn more about managing a serious oral health concern or schedule your own checkup and cleaning appointment, then schedule your consultation by calling Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.