About half of Americans over 30 show some signs of periodontal disease, including swollen, red, and bleeding gums. At Integrity Dental of Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut, the dentists offer customized nonsurgical periodontal treatments to restore your gum health and reduce your risk of tooth loss. Preventive care, including daily brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups, are the best way to protect your dental health. Call or schedule your next appointment online today.
Periodontal disease is the clinical term for gum disease. Periodontal disease develops when you have an overgrowth of bacteria on your teeth. The bacteria feed on the sugars in the food you eat and form plaque as they multiply.
The plaque, which can eventually harden into tartar, can spread down your tooth, below your gum line. As the bacteria grows beneath your gums, it causes inflammation, tenderness, and eventually leads to receding gums and bone loss around the teeth.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, but with effective dental care, it is preventable and treatable.
The team at Integrity Dental of Greenwich uses a variety of diagnostic tools to identify periodontal disease. For example, during your routine checkup, your dentist examines your mouth looking for signs of gum inflammation, bleeding, recession, and surrounding bone loss.
The team also offers a saliva test to identify the bacterial composition in your mouth. Your dentist takes a swab of saliva from the back of your mouth. Your saliva sample is then analyzed to determine its biocomponents, including the volume of bacteria.
The dentists at Integrity Dental of Greenwich provide a variety of nonsurgical periodontal treatments, depending on the severity of your periodontal disease. For example, they offer a thorough cleaning procedure to remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth and gums. This can include a noninvasive laser treatment to reduce the bacteria on your gums.
They might also suggest a deep-cleaning procedure known as scaling or root planing. During this treatment, your dentist uses special tools to clean your teeth below your gum line and in the pockets that form between your teeth and gums.
You can reduce your risk of periodontal disease by taking excellent care of your teeth. You should brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day and floss your teeth at least once, preferably before you go to bed. Your dentist can recommend products to help control the volume of bacteria in your mouth.
In addition, you should have routine dental checkups and professional cleanings. Even with the best at-home dental hygiene, plaque and tartar can develop on your teeth. A dental professional can remove plaque and tartar that you can’t remove by brushing alone.
Call or schedule an appointment online today.