Non-Surgical Periodontal Care
Periodontal care is crucial for optimal oral health. Without caring for your gums, you could end up with the advanced stages of gum disease. At Magnolia Modern Dentistry, we want our patients to look and feel their best, which is why we offer the following tips to ensure the health of your teeth and gums.
All patients need regular dental cleanings every six months. If during your cleaning, we notice that your periodontal pockets (the area between the bottom of your teeth and the jawbone) measures more than 3 mm, we may suggest a deeper cleaning. Regular dental cleanings remove the plaque and tartar from your mouth and help with any early signs of gum disease. Any advanced signs of gum disease, however, require a deeper cleaning called a scaling and root planing.
Scaling and Root Planing
If we discover the early signs of gum disease, we may recommend scaling and root planing. We know the name sounds scary and people have misconceived notions about the procedure itself, but our dentists handle it with ease. We offer the most for process that helps clean out your gums, eliminate gum disease, and help you move forward with optimal oral health.
Scaling and root planing does require administration of anesthetic in order for us to get beneath the gumline. Once there, we eliminate the plaque and bacteria that cause the infection. If necessary, we also smooth out the tooth’s roots, removing any bacteria that is causing the inflammation.
We often conduct the procedure in quadrants. We divide your mouth into four parts and do the scaling and root planing on one or two parts at a time. This helps to ensure your complete comfort and decreases the amount of anesthetic we have to use in one appointment.
After scaling and root planing is one of the most important times for your oral healthcare. Studies show that patients that had gum disease are more likely to get it again if they do not have more frequent cleanings. We suggest that you come in every three months, rather than every six months for a periodontal cleaning.
More frequent cleanings and dedicated time to look at your gums give us the chance to ensure that your gums are still in good health. Removing bacteria and debris from your mouth more frequently helps to reduce the risk of it turning into tartar, which then leads to further gum disease.
How you Can Help
The good news is that you can help keep your gum disease at bay once we eliminate the disease through scaling and root planing. With regular oral hygiene habits, you can keep your mouth clean and free from bacteria, which helps your mouth stay healthy.
Regular brushing and flossing twice a day is all that it takes. If you notice puffy, bleeding, or sensitive gums in between your appointments, it is important that you are seen right away. This gives our dentists time to catch the issue early on before it becomes advanced gum disease.
Call Magnolia Modern Dentistry at (530) 645-3339 today for your appointment to get your periodontal care back on track.