Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?

encinitas gum disease preventionWhen you begin to notice changes to your gums, such as redness or sensitivity, then you should see our team right away for a diagnosis. With the right actions, we could help prevent gum disease, or manage it in the early stages. In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about gum disease prevention.

The Signs You Should See Us

Our team recommends a visit when you notice the changes we mentioned above, as well as bleeding, or possibly swelling or recession. These changes could mean serious trouble for your oral health, as they indicate the onset of gingivitis or possibly the early stages of periodontal disease. Without treatment, the issue will grow in severity and even lead to the advanced stage of the disease, known as periodontitis. At this stage, you risk tooth loss and serious complications for your smile. Don’t ignore these warning signs and risk the stability of your smile, talk to our team about periodontal treatment.

Deep Cleanings

In the early stages of gingivitis, we can reverse the inflammation with a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, this can also be used to manage periodontal disease to keep it in an early and manageable stage, avoiding changes on the appearance and health of your smile. The scaling and root planing involves the use of an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick to remove all buildup gently and thoroughly from not only the teeth, but from the roots as well. Removing plaque and tartar buildup and destroying pockets of bacterial buildup can prevent the inflation from growing in severity and keep your smile strong.

The procedure could take one visit or up to four to complete, it all depends on the severity of the buildup. We will numb your smile, to keep you comfortable as this is a more involved procedure. We complete it by polishing the teeth to make it more difficult for plaque and tartar buildup to accumulate, and to brighten your smile too.

Ozone Therapy

Our team could also offer holistic preventive treatments too. With Ozone Therapy, we expose your gums to oxygen, which helps destroy harmful bacteria while keeping healthy bacteria in place, protecting your smile from worsening disease without the need for extensive or involved treatments. This can help manage the disease or reverse the early stages of inflammation. If you have any questions about how we prevent periodontal disease or keep it in check, then contact our team today.

Talk to Dr. Kania About Preventing Periodontal Concerns

We would like to help you maintain strong and healthy gums. To learn more about addressing these issues or to schedule your appointment, give us a call at our office in Encinitas, CA today at 760-642-0711.