If you have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, regularly scheduled supportive therapy is vitally important to your success in managing your oral health. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “following a course of active periodontal treatment and periodic ongoing care at regularly prescribed intervals is essential…. continuous maintenance is absolutely necessary…”
The following treatment is included in your periodontal maintenance appointment:
- Evaluation of oral health to detect subtle signs of disease recurrence
- Appropriate debridement of teeth and gums (professional cleaning and polishing)
- Antimicrobial therapy to destroy difficult to reach bacteria as deemed necessary by the doctor
- Evaluation of home care regimes and aids
- Oral health evaluation including oral cancer screening, necessary dental films, and decay detection
- Recommendations based on individual needs as a result of medical and dental histories review
The most important aspect of periodontal treatment is the long term maintenance therapy. Our team of hygienists are well trained in recognizing signs and symptoms of periodontal disease and forming a treatment plan that best fits the patient’s needs. Ask your hygienist what interval of care would be in your best interest for lifelong oral health.
Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in many things we eat or drink. It is nature’s way of helping prevent cavities. Professional strength (in-office fluorides) and low strength (home fluorides) each play important roles in helping to keep your teeth for a lifetime.
Root Planing and Scaling
This “deep” cleaning treatment is provided by the hygienist for patients who have tartar, calculus and bacteria buried below the gum line on the tooth. Your regular tooth brushing and flossing removes the tartar that is above the gum line of your tooth. Root planning and scaling helps to prevent and in some cases treat gum disease. This technique is most often used when the gum pockets at your tooth have a measurement that is greater than 3mm. The average pocket depth is 1- 3mm. When tartar and calculus attach to your tooth below the gum line, it creates a deeper pocket. The build-up must be removed so that the gum can heal and pockets can return to normal. If not treated, the tartar and bacteria will begin to cause gum disease and deteriorate your bone, tissue and teeth.
Mouth and Body Connection: The Relationship between Heart Disease and the Health of your Mouth
Did you know there is a link between your oral health and cardiovascular disease? New research shows that the bacteria associated with periodontal disease is the same bacteria associated with heart disease. These bacteria cause plaque and tartar around teeth and in arteries. Take time to talk to the Opelika team about the connection between your mouth’s health and your body’s health at your next appointment.
Do you have any of the following?
- History of periodontal/gum disease
- Family history of periodontal disease
- Bleeding or irritated gums
- Heavy plaque (soft deposits) or Tartar buildup (hard deposits)
- Inflammation (swelling and redness) of the gums surrounding your teeth
- amily history of cardiovascular disease
- History of cardiovascular disease
- Diagnosis of periodontal disease
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