Periodontal Gum Therapy:
Treating your gums for improved oral health
Periodontal therapy is an essential aspect of dental care at Monahan Dentistry and Implant Center that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. Shawn Monahan, DMD recognizes the importance of periodontal therapy in promoting optimal oral health and maintaining healthy gums.
Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. When plaque and tartar accumulate on the teeth and gum line, they create an environment where harmful bacteria can thrive. Over time, this can cause inflammation and damage to the gums, leading to the progression of gum disease.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
The symptoms of gum disease can vary depending on the severity of the condition. In the early stages, patients may experience redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums during brushing or flossing. As the disease progresses, patients may notice a receding gum line, bad breath, and loose or shifting teeth.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
Monahan Dentistry and Implant Center offers a range of treatment options for gum disease, tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. In the early stages of the disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. This involves removing the buildup of plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots, and smoothing out any rough areas on the roots to prevent further buildup.
For more advanced cases of gum disease, we may recommend additional solutions like laser gum therapy or surgical options to improve your gums health.
Preventing Gum Disease
Prevention is the best defense against gum disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings can help prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar that can lead to gum disease.
In addition, a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help keep the immune system strong and promote healthy gums.
Gum disease can be a serious issue that requires prompt attention and treatment. By maintaining good oral hygiene habits and seeking treatment from Monahan Dentistry and Implant Center, patients can prevent and manage gum disease to maintain optimal oral health.