Periodontal Care and Gum Disease Treatment Protect Overall Health
Maintaining good periodontal health is vital for your overall well-being. Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is often a silent disease that patients are unaware they are suffering from. Nearly half of the adult population in the U.S. has the condition. Dr. Ann Sielicki provides preventive periodontal care and effective gum disease treatment at Sonoran Dental Design. Patients in Scottsdale, AZ, can maintain lasting health with her thorough, gentle care.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection of your gums. When left untreated, this disease can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal care focuses on the gum tissues and bone that surrounds your teeth. When your gums are properly cared for, gum disease can be prevented and easily treated.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and is usually an inflammation of the gums. Catching gum disease in the gingivitis stage can make it more treatable and preventable in the future. When gum disease progresses, it can become periodontitis, which can have severe and far-reaching effects on your health.
Symptoms of gum disease may include red, swollen, bleeding gums, a foul odor or taste in your mouth, teeth that feel loose, receding gums, and tooth loss. The most common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene practices, such as not brushing your teeth, not flossing regularly, or not getting regular dental checkups. Other causes of gum disease may include a poor diet, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, medication, genetics, and more.
Prevention Is the Best Cure
Our doctors and team can instruct you on proper at-home care to ensure you are brushing and flossing correctly as a preventative measure. Our goal at Sonoran Dental Design is to prevent gum disease, or catch it in its earliest stages. This approach allows our patients to avoid tooth loss and the need for extensive restorative treatment. However, a professional cleaning is the only way to remove plaque and tartar from areas that your toothbrush and floss cannot reach.
During your regular dental appointments, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned by one of our skilled hygienists. Dr. Sielicki will also examine your teeth and mouth for signs of cavities, gingivitis, or gum disease. Our office uses technology that detects gum disease in its earliest stages. The CariFree® system assesses your pH levels to make sure everything is properly balanced for good oral health. We can also use specialized OralDNA® labs to test samples of your saliva and check for bacteria and determine your risk factors for gum disease.
By preventing gum disease and catching it early through a regular dental exam, you can prevent lengthy and expensive treatments and procedures later.
Gum Disease Treatment
If gum disease does occur, and is caught early, it can be easily managed and sometimes even reversed. If you have gingivitis, our team may perform scaling and root planing. This procedure removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, and removes bacteria from the pockets around your teeth. We will also polish your teeth and roots to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the future.
If the disease has progressed to periodontitis, you may require more extensive treatment with soft tissue lasers. We can remove damaged tissue, and may also prescribe antibiotics. After periodontitis has occurred, Dr. Sielicki may recommend more frequent dental visits to maintain your periodontal health and prevent the condition from reappearing.
Proper periodontal care and general dentistry procedures are essential for patients of all ages because oral health has a significant impact on your overall health. Gum disease has been linked to other health issues such as heart disease and heart attacks, dementia, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Periodontal inflammation may also increase overall inflammation in other areas of the body, which can exacerbate any other existing problems. Proper periodontal care can prevent these serious health concerns.
Periodontal care can ultimately save you time and money. By preventing gum disease and catching it early through a regular dental exam, you can prevent lengthy and expensive treatments and restorative procedures later.
Protect Your Health
Periodontal care is not just important to your oral health; it is vital for your overall health as well. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sielicki.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily